Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery, Chardonnay Sea Slopes (2016)


Style: Full-bodied white                    Vintage: 2016                        ABV: 13.5%

Appellation: Sonoma Coast            Varietal: Chardonnay

Region: California                              County:  USA

Pairings: Veal, chicken, pork loin, white fishes like halibut, shrimp, crab, root vegetables, cream sauces, pestos, banana bread, poppy seed bread, vegetables like apple and mango.

Avoid pairing with spicy foods, it will make the wine seems overly oaky and out of balance, put semi-sweet to sweet wines with spice. Oily fish like mackerel can be overpowering for Chardonnay, try a fresh, fruit-forward wine instead.

Cheese Pairings: Creamy cheese like brie or camembert. Also rich, soft cheeses, artisanal cheddar, sheep’s milk cheeses.

About This Wine: The grapes for this Chardonnay were hand-sorted to include only the finest fruit, which was then gently pressed. The low yielding clones and heritage field selections were sourced from several exceptional vineyard blocks to achieve the complexity and elegant balance for this true Sonoma Coast profile. Fermentation occurred in the ideal combination of stainless steel for vibrancy and freshness and French oak barrels which adds great texture and length to the finish. The wine completed malolactic fermentation, adding a supple richness. Prior to bottling it was aged on the lees with occasional gentle stirring culminating in a pure expression of Chardonnay from this region.

Bright, crisp acidity intertwines with stony minerality to express the cool coastal climate. Lively aromatics of citrus oil, white peach, and nectarine with a hint of brioche soar from the glass. The full-bodied palate offers layers of apricot, golden plum and lemon tart leading to a refreshing finish that invites another sip!