Chardonnay, 2018. Paf

Chardonnay, 2018. Paf

Item #: C1220W1DC
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Monterey, California
Color: Limpid Gold
Nose: Tropical Mango
Palate: Green Apple
Finish: Citrus Edge
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Seafood, Fowl/13.8% Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection comes from the cool mountains of Monterey where the grapes get ample sun exposure, clean air and a rocky sub terrain for perfect drainage. Most people are surprised to learn that grapes require less water than most crops. The important part of the vine is the root system. If there's too much water at the surface, the root system doesn't search for it, which is what builds a stronger vine system to support the grapes.

These facts aren't lost on winemaker, Vance Rose, even though his winery is located in Lodi. The founder of Ehlers Winery, Herman Ehlers, realized that as good as some grapes do in Lodi, they all don't perform as expected. That philosophy is now the responsibility of Rose, who takes it as seriously as Herman did and his descendants do.

Monterey has a rich wine history as grapes were planted here by the Friars over 200 years ago. For 150 years it lumbered along being known more for its scenic beauty featuring mountains and a craggy coastline than its wines. It wasn't until the early 60s that people began to pay attention to the wines from here.

As they learned how to deal with the cool temperatures, they gradually learned how to make the best of it and the best seemed to be Chardonnay. That is certainly the case here, as our Paf exhibits a plethora of tropical fruits from peach and apple to mango and spice, just waiting for a seared ahi or grilled halibut with a light mustard sauce.