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2016 Folktale Reserve Chardonnay
50% New French Oak
The Folktale Reserve Chardonnay opens delicately with elegant notes of apricot, banana, kiwi, green apple, vanilla, and toast. It’s fruit forward, yet balanced beautifully with the SLH minerality and a bright, zippy acidity. We made only four barrels of this marvelous wine - enjoy.
Blended from two key AVAs, this Chardonnay embodies what we believe is the best of Central Coast. The striking Coast View vineyard sits at 2400’ elevation in the Gabilan Mountains in Monterey County, with a gorgeous view of the Monterey Bay. Vines here stay cool throughout the summer, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly to fully develop their fruit forward flavor and clean, natural acidity. We also harvested grapes from the Escolle Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, famous for the rich minerality of the terroir there. Together, they create a true taste of the region’s best Chardonnay.
The Coast View Vineyard fruit was hand harvested 9/2/16 at sunup. The second vineyard, Escolle Vineyard, is a one of the Santa Lucia Highlands finest, producing some amazing minerality. This fruit was hand harvested at 3am on 9/15/16. Once at Folktale, both Chardonnays were lightly pressed and sent to tank to settle for 48 hours before being transferred to barrel to ferment. The wine was racked to tank 6/30, blended, then chilled to 28F. Once cold stable, the Chardonnay was filtered and bottled 7/31/17.
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