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Chardonnay, 2016. San Simeon

Chardonnay, 2016. San Simeon

Item #: C1219W2DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Monterey, California
Color: Limpid Gold
Nose: Tropical Fruit, Vanilla
Palate: Spiced Apple
Finish: Tart, Refreshing
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Seafood, Fowl, Light Meats/14.9% Alcohol by Volume

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After 102 years of doing the same thing every year, you'd probably imagine that a company would figure out the best way to do things properly. And in this case, you'd be right. San Simeon is owned by the Riboli family of San Antonio Winery, the only complete winery operation in downtown Los Angeles.

Over half a century ago, their tasting rooms dotted the landscape of California. There were about a dozen or so in and around the L.A. area. They made a lot of different wines back then. Most were sold in gallons and half gallons, which is how most Americans purchased wine at the time.

But as tastes changed, so did San Antonio Winery. They began making varietal wines in 750 ml bottles. They purchased land in upcoming areas like Monterey and Paso Robles.

Today, they make wine from over 2,000 acres of their vineyards from Napa to Santa Barbara under different names, but they all share the commitment of quality by the fifth generation of Ribolis.

Our selection comes from their prime holdings in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey. This area is now considered one of the finest for growing the Burgundian varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and here is one the best examples we could find.

Aged in 75% new oak and summoned from the vine at full ripeness, this is a packed-with-power, full-throttle Chardonnay offering dense, tropical fruit in the mid palate, which carries through to the maximum, thrilling finish.