Food Pairing Notes
The 2019 Chardonnay is made to be versatile with food. Suggested pairings include Dover sole, steamed scallops, grilled citrus chicken and fettuccine Alfredo.
The 2019 Chardonnay bursts from the glass with fragrant aromas of pineapple and banana intertwined with notes of lemon zest and lilac. A clean, mouthwatering texture dazzles with bright flavors of peach, apricot, pear and papaya, all underlain by a suggestion of butterscotch. A crisp sense of minerality adds lift to a beautifully soft and seamless finish.
Our estate Margarita Vineyard is cradled along the coastal Santa Lucia Mountains just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Here, amid one of the Paso Robles region’s coolest growing environments, conditions are optimal for producing a varietally true Chardonnay with a singular sense of place. Stylistically, our aim is to produce a wine that strikes a fine balance between the leaner and richer styles of the varietal, in order to create a versatile, food-friendly Chardonnay.
Mild weather throughout 2019 yielded a long, steady growing season that proved optimal for Chardonnay. We harvested our Chardonnay fruit in three stages, starting with an October 11 pick to establish a bright fruit core and finishing with a pick on November 1 to layer in more tropical tones. After harvesting and light pressing, 70 percent of the juice was cold-fermented in stainless steel tanks for the preservation of delicate aromatics and acidity. The remainder was barrel-fermented and aged in 10 percent new oak to add roundness, texture and complexity. This oak-aged lot also underwent secondary malolactic fermentation, which ultimately lent a fitting touch of creaminess to the wine’s otherwise crisp texture.