Arroyo Grande Valley
September 7 – October 26, 2011
100% barrell fermented, 25% new barrels
Bottled January 2013 without filtration
2011 Rosemary’s Vineyard Chardonnay Magnum
95 Points by the Wine Advocate
This wine has rich aromas of lemon zest and crème brulee with a hint of orange blossom. Initial flavors of fresh apricots and lemon curd give way to a lingering toasty finish. This wine has a rich, creamy texture balanced by a bright acidity and flintiness characteristic of Rosemary’s Chardonnay. This wine pairs well with oysters or grilled lobster.
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.