Our Vintage 2005 MONTICELLO VINEYARDS Estate Grown Chardonnay aromatics are pears, peaches and apricots. This blend is focused primarily around fruit and soft natural texture so sparing use of new oak and malolactic fermentation was utilized with this vintage. The mouthfeel is well balanced, carrying the pear and peach flavors across the palate, ending with rich finish.
“Our Monticello Vineyards designated chardonnays are a great example of how the different clone, rootstock and soil combinations specifics in our vineyard combine to create a most harmonious wine. In the blend, we have wine from each chardonnay block on our Estate. As each of these blocks has a different character, we take a slightly different winemaking approach. Some, we have utilized malolactic fermentation; others have received a higher percentage of new oak. Most were fermented with native yeasts from our vineyard and cellar. All the grapes were pushed to full ripeness and the rich flavors and aromas are evidence. We have put together a wine that, while rich and satisfying, still maintains a balanced and appropriate acidity for pairing with a wide variety of foods. The wine is best enjoyed chilled.” - Chris Corley, Winemaker.