Villa Mt Eden Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay is a classic, richer, although not ‘over the top’ Chardonnay, featuring lemon meringue aromas intertwined with musky peach, brioche, crushed stone and hints of toast.
Medium bodied on the palate, it is rich in texture but stays beautifully focused. The hand-picked grapes were pressed in whole clusters top reserve the intense and ripe flavours. The wine was fermented in33% new French oak barrels charred to a medium-heavy toast. Malolatic fermentation followed to soften the acids, adding a creamy, brulee-butterscotch element.
Nine months of barrel aging sur lie with regular stirring integrated the oak and fruit flavours.
Santa Maria is one of California’s coolest winegrowing appellations with one of the longest growing seasons in the world. TheSanRafaelMountainsinthenorthandtheSolomanHillsinthesouthframethisgrowingareadrawing the cooler maritime breezes of the Pacific Ocean into the valley.
These maritime breezes keep the average daytime temperatures in Santa Maria in the mid-teens. Located in the northern end of Santa Barbara County, with well- drained, lean soils and a Pacific Ocean influence, the region is best known for cool climate grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.