Our Angeline Reserve Chardonnay is produced from grapes carefully selected from vineyards in Los Alamos (Santa Barbara County AVA). This re gion has cool daytime temperatures, often accompanied by morning and evening fog. It also has long, steady growing seasons, which produce grapes with balanced ripeness and acidity. This ultimately results in wines with intense aromas and flavors.
The 2012 vintage was widely acclaimed as one of the most ideal growing seasons during the last decade. Consistently
moderate weather throughout the season yielded balanced chemistry in the grapes and a bountiful crop. Good fruit set in the spring resulted in heavy crops (30–50% more than the previous year!), so more thinning was required in some of our vineyards. The clusters were heavy, but the berries were surprisingly small, which produced
concentrated flavors and aromas.
We picked the grapes at the peak of ripeness, between October 3rd and 12th. We gently pressed the fruit, cold settled the juice for two days, and then racked it to French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. We then fermented it using indigenous yeast. This
wine has a moderate oak influence – it underwent only partial malolactic fermentation in order to maintain its bright fruit and floral character along with creamy richness.
Aromas of ripe, juicy pear and apple, along with buttered toast and a whiff of white flowers jump out of the glass, luring the taster into a zippy, refreshing mouthful of consistent flavors. This wine has a long,
Food & Wine Pairing:
Pair with mild cheeses, savory roast chicken
and pasta dishes with rich creamy sauces.
Variety; 100% Chardonnay
Release Date: April 2013
Brix at Harvest: 24.8°
Total Acidity: 6.8g / L