Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard 2003
production This wine is 100% Melville estate grapes and is a combination of clones 4, 76, 95 and 96 planted on well-drained sandy-loam soils. Yields averaged 3.2 lbs/plant in our tightly spaced vineyards of 8x3 spacing equating to 1,815 vines/acre. The fruit was hand-harvested selectively from September 9 through October 20, then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold-settled overnight and gravity transferred to barrel for fermentation, partial malo-lactic (±25%) and subsequent sur lie aging. Cooperage was 20% new French oak and is a combination of Sirugue, Marsannay and Damy. 15.0% alcohol. tasting notes True to our mantra, this year’s chardonnay shows similar characteristics of previous vintages mirroring the racy, lemony and minerally style that is so indicative of the extreme cold and windy conditions of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. From the glass, refined aromas of candied lemon and lime intermingle with nuances of pie-crust, spice cake and wet chalk. These same senses are noticeable in the mouth and are supported by hints of yellow grapefruit, cinnamon and gingerbread. On the palate, the wine is lively and fresh, remaining both elegant and gracious, leaving a bright and lengthy finish.
Four and a half glasses
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The 2003 Chardonnay Estate reveals sweet pear, peach, and tropical fruit notes along with a gentle touch of new oak, medium to full body, and attractive, long flavors with a hint of orange marmalade. Consume this tasty Chardonnay over the next 2ndash;3 years.
Pale bright yellow. Tangy pear, peach and yellow plum on the nose. Juicy, shapely and penetrating, with bright, spicy flavors of peach and nutmeg. Fresh acids give the back end a slight sharpness but this is structured and shapely chardonnay.
Deep, musky nose shows more smoke and flint than primary fruits. Big, round, rich and peachy; here the winersquo;s acids seem more thoroughly integrated. Fat and sweet, but the stone fruit and citrusflavors show good verve. Just 20% of this wine went through malolactic fermentation. This is 15% alcohol, but does not come off as hot.
Big, ripe, in-your-face Chard here, as gooey as a fruity custard. Almost a dessert wine, it stays just this side of dry, offering huge flavors of lemon drop mousse, pineapple jam, guava, papaya, golden mango and spicy oak. This is a dramatic, show-me-off Chardonnay.
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