2017 Tondre Chardonnay

2017 Tondre Chardonnay

A rich, medium bodied Chardonnay with flavors of apple pie, lemon peel, and toasted oar aromas. Complex and opulent, through the finish with a nice balanced acidity. It is wonderful slightly chilled with herb-roasted chicken or Dungeness crab cakes.

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Wine Specs
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Designation
Tondre Grapefield
Harvest Date
September 30, 2017
10 months
50% new French Oak
Bottling Date
August 25, 2018
Alcohol %
Winemaker Notes
Produced from 100% Dijon clone Chardonnay grapes, handpicked 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
SIP Certified Vineyard - Sustainability in Practice 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.
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