2018 Chamisal Vineyards Califa Chardonnay
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now encompasses 80 acres planted to 5 varieties across three distinct soil types. The nearby Pacific ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors. The fruit for our Califa Chardonnay was selected from the more elevated sections of the vineyard that produce naturally lower yields, resulting in intensity while retaining freshness and elegance. We consider these to be our very own “premier cru” blocks.
Opening with notes of vanilla custard, slate, and lemon peel on the nose, our Califa Chardonnay is inviting from the start. Buttery and luscious on the palate with warm notes of baking spices, red apple, and Bartlett pear balanced by a fresh acidity on the long finish.