2016 Madson Wines Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1407685

Winemaker's Notes: "This Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is a blend of two, small vineyards in Los Altos Hills. Both vineyards were planted in the early 90’s on steep slopes with southern facing exposures. Cool NW winds and morning fog retains acidity in this Wente Clone Chardonnay. Franciscan Complex soils of basalt and schist create a dense middle palate. The grapes were picked to promote crispness and fresh acid balance. At the winery, the fruit was handled anaerobically and pressed as whole clusters. Fermentation occurs 100% in neutral french oak barrels to avoid oak flavor but create ideal thermodynamics in the fermentation. The wine was aged on fine lees for 8 months of élevage. 3 barrels, 75 cases produced. The nose presents rich baking spice with orange blossom. Offering more complexity, the palate is wonderfully vibrant and bright with flavors of fresh green apple and Japanese pear. The Franciscan Complex soils give a slight chalky minerality and softness in the middle palate while the fresh acidity brightens the finish. Pair with lighter meats and seafood."


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.9