Chardonnay, 2013. Prima Vista

Chardonnay, 2013. Prima Vista

Item #: V1216W1DC
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Santa Maria, California
Color: Medium straw
Nose: Green apple, spice
Palate: Rich vanilla, tropical
Finish: Engaging apple, vanilla
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2018/Seafood, vegetarian/Alcohol: 13.5%

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Prima Vista is another smashing selection from the pristine walls of Turn Key in Santa Maria. The grapes came from the most Western edge of their vineyards nearest to the Pacific Ocean. The cool breezes keep the natural acids in check, thus, producing a more harmonious wine.

Like most grapes, Chardonnay likes rocky soils so that the roots can continue to stretch further into the ground in order to bring back the muchneeded nutrients to the vine. The rocky soils also provide drainage, which is essential to keeping the vineyards from flooding during a rainstorm and resulting in mold and mildew - a winemakers'nightmare. This vintage was a perfect combination of rain whenneeded and sun when appropriate. Moreover, the grapes were harvested earlier than usual so the threat of a late season rain, or even hail, was non-existent.

To add a toasty element to this selection, it was fermented in French oak barrels. French barrels are created by heating the wood with fire in order to bend the staves into the hoops to make the barrel. The more they fire the wood, the more of a char it picks up, referred to as toast. Great care must be maintained so as not to overdo it and add bitterness to the wine.

Our selection is the perfect blend of tropical fruit, vanilla, and apple that would be the centerpiece of any meal.

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