November 2019 Wine Club White

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2017 HAHN SLH CHARDONNAY
The Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is crafted with 98% of the fruit from Lone Oak Vineyard and 2% fruit from Smith Vineyard. The growing conditions were affected by a dry and sunny year for Santa Lucia Highlands, however below average temperatures remained over the region through the end of May and into June. Gusty, northwesterly jet streams caused upwelling of very cold water in the Monterey Bay. This wind and cold water impacted the Salinas Valley day and nighttime temperatures. As most vineyards were in bloom during that period, the cooler temperatures caused an elongation of the typical time it takes for the fruit to set.

After being carefully picked and precisely sorted for quality, the grapes were pressed off their skins and fermented entirely in small French oak barrels. The wine was then hand-stirred on its lees every three weeks for the 12 months this Chardonnay aged in barrel. Winemaker Paul Clifton selected the barrels he felt best expressed the aromas, flavors and texture of the Santa Lucia Highlands to create the wine that was finally bottled.

This Chardonnay has crisp, fresh aromas of honeysuckle and vanilla, joined with hints of citrus and banana. Full-bodied and toasty with flavors of pear, apple, and ripe melon, the palate continues to develop with plush, tropical accents and a spicy richness. The finish is silky and glistening with notes of lemon oil and orange blossom. Sumptuous, but not necessarily creamy, the wine remains graceful to the finish.

As a richer but bright Chardonnay, enjoy this wine with a wide range of dishes from fish to fowl with sauces and a variety of vegetables.

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