Arroyo Grande Valley
September 14-30, 2009
30% new French oak barrels
2009 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay
This wine is no longer available.
This chardonnay has layered aromas of lemon curd, hazelnut and vanilla bean with light toasty notes. On the palate, this wine has a lean, silky texture with distinct flavors of citrus and mineral finishing long and dry with a bright acidity. The concentration of flavors in this wine lends itself to pair well with buttery seafood dishes like sautéed sea scallops.
The 2009 year began with a cold winter which led to some frost damage. Bud break was very even and the remainder of the year was marked by mild temperatures and healthy, even vine growth. An intense heat wave occurred in early September causing many grapes to ripen simultaneously. The harvest in the Arroyo Grande Valley was slightly larger than average and the quality of the fruit was exceptional with concentrated, intense flavors.