Andover Estate is part of the Scheid Family Vineyards, one of the finest vineyards in California. The family purchased the Monterey property in 1972, making them one of the first in the region. And now they're one of the best.
Monterey was known as a very cool locale, sometimes too cool - and that was the rub. Cabernet was all the rage, then, and everybody was making it. Al Scheid knew better. He decided to plant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are now considered the best grapes in the region. And they certainly benefit from the absolutely perfect soil, here.
What set Scheid apart from the crowd - especially for the time - was his sustainable program to keep his precious earth vitalized vintage after vintage. Scheid was definitely a visionary and it has paid off. The vineyard is certified sustainable and also maintains Global G.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practices) certification.
The finished wine is a testament to Andover Estate's meticulous vinecultivation. This is California Chardonnay at its absolute best. The cooler climate allows the grapes to hang on the vine for a longer period of time than most. This results in the root system delivering morenutrients to the branches and eventually the grapes.
The finale is an intense and luxurious offering with length and depth that has everything one could ask for.
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