With its maritime influence, California's Monterey region has an extended growing season that yields wines with full flavor development and great acid balance. Mandolin Chardonnay has a lush tropical fruit core, balanced by crisp acidity and nicely integrated oak.
These growing conditions are ideal for cool-climate grapes such as Chardonnay, and lead to full, forward fruit flavors and ideal acidity. Grapes were harvested at an ideal balance of sugar and acid, and the wine was aged in 1-2 year-old French oak barrels. This wine underwent full malo-lactic fermentation, yet retains its bright acidity.