Arroyo Grande Valley
September 24 - 26, 2012
100% barrell fermented, 20% new barrels
Bottled February 2014 without filtration
2012 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay Magnum
Beautiful aromas of vanilla and honeydew lead into a chalky minerality in this 2012 vintage that is classic Rincon Vineyard. Saturated straw gold in color, the palate opens up with concentrated notes of citrus and lemon curd. The softer, leaner acidity of this wine leads into a smooth finish. Pair this wine with buttery seafood dishes like seared scallops.
The 2012 vintage was one of those rare years where both quality and yield were exceptional, probably the best overall since 2005. The growing season was ideal with slightly below average rainfall, moderate canopy growth and very little mildew or botrytis. Due to excellent spring weather, fruit set was ideal. Yields were about 20% above average and the resulting wines are elegant and balanced.