2015 Fossil Point Edna Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Chardonnay Fossil Point comes all from the cool climate Edna Valley AVA and was brought up in neutral barrels. Fresh, lively and with a touch of carbonic gas, it offers plenty of citrus and tropical fruits in a simple, quaffable style geared for near term drinking. Located in Edna Valley, Center of Effort is run by Rob Rossi and Bill Swanson, with the wines made by Mike Sinor. The entry level efforts are well priced and deliver good character, and the top wines are noteworthy, and in some cases, outstanding. (JD)
According to the winery: "When we say Fossil Point rocks we mean it! Calcareous shale and coarse sand were uplifted from the floor of an ancient ocean and then weathered into place over millennia. It became a place of vast potential. Fossil Point is a rugged headland stretching from Port San Luis to the Guadalupe Dunes. The Point is just five miles due west of the vineyards that are its namesake. Sunny afternoons are cooled by marine breezes sweeping off the Pacific Ocean, along Fossil Point to the vines and grapes. The result are grapes perfectly ripened balancing acidity. Fossil Point Chardonnay is designed to showcase the bright natural acidity and fresh fruit character of our estate vineyard, which is located in the western Edna Valley less than five miles from the Pacific Ocean. The grapes are whole-cluster pressed, then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks and neutral French oak barrels to foster a fruit-forward profile. A very clean malolactic fermentation was conducted in all lots to moderate the naturally high acidity, and we performed battonage, (lees stirring,) several times monthly throughout the wine’s elevage in order to richen the wine’s palate and to protect it from oxidation."