2015 Tondre Chardonnay

2015 Tondre Chardonnay

90 POINTS -   Limpid yellow. Ripe pear nectarine and buttered toast on the fragrant nose plus hints of jasmine and honey that build in the background. Silky broad and nicely concentrated offering plush orchard and pit fruit flavors along with sweet butter and toasty lees flourishes. The floral note returns on a long creamy finish that echoes the floral note.
 - Josh Raynolds, Vinous,  Tasting date: July 2018 

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SKU: 1084
Wine Specs
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Designation
Tondre Grapefield
Harvest Date
August 26, 2015
10 months
French Oak Barrels, 58% new
Bottling Date
August 19, 2016
Alcohol %
Winemaker Notes
Produced from 100% Dijon clone Chardonnay grapes, hand- picked and pressed whole-cluster. The clusters settled in the juice for a short time and then we racked it off of the lees into French Oak barrels. It fermented in barrel and was aged sur lies.
Vineyard Notes
Located on the eastern side of River Road, this site has well- drained sandy-loam soil with southwestern exposure (not to mention a resplendent view of the Salinas Valley below). The region receives plentiful sunshine during the day but is cooled in the afternoon by ocean breezes that sweep through the Salinas Valley from Monterey Bay. All of these characteristics make this one of the country’s premier grape growing regions. Tondre Alarid, the patriarch of the Alarid family & lifelong farmer, planted 6-1/2 acres of winegrapes in 1997 — naming it a “Grapefield” to reflect his family’s farming heritage — but the vineyard has since grown to just over 100 acres under the management of Joe, Tondre’s son. 2014 vintage offered an optimal ripening season — perfect for developing complex flavors in white wine.
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