Arroyo Grande Valley
September 23-October 26, 2011
100% barrell fermented, 25% new barrels
Bottled January 2013 without filtration
2011 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay Magnum
94 Points by the Wine Advocate
This wine has lively aromas of fresh citrus and melon with a subtle creaminess that leads to rich and complex flavors. White peach and Meyer lemon are balanced by a chalky minerality and supple texture. Distinctive flavors of fruit and toast are tightened with a bright acidity on the finish. This wine pairs well with sautéed scallops or roasted chicken.
The 2011 year began with above average rainfall in Southern San Luis Obispo County. Though we were spared the late spring frost that affected other areas, fruit set was reduced by wet spring conditions and yields were about 30% below average. One of the coolest summers on record resulted in long hang time and grapes with high natural acidity. The resulting wines balance refreshing acidity with concentrated flavors due to the low yields.