October 10 - October 21, 2011
100% barrell fermented, 25% new barrels
Bottled January 2013 without filtration
2011 Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay Magnum
91 Points by the Wine Advocate
Beautiful aromas of lemon zest, pineapple, white flowers and toasty hints of graham cracker define this vintage of Oliver’s Vineyard Chardonnay. Bright citrus and honeyed flavors continue onto the palate with a wet stone minerality that results in a wine of elegance and freshness. This balanced chardonnay finishes clean and long with taut acidity. It pairs well with delicate seafood.
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.