Pali Wine Co. Chardonnay
Vanilla and crème brulee followed by fresh lemon, dried lavender, and pineapples. Lemons and vanilla beans start out on the palate with acidity and candied flavors swirling together. A touch of cream is cut by the tart green apple and dances with lively minerality. Salty notes back up the flavors of baked pears and pie crust. Finishes clean with lingering toasty qualities.
This is the first Chardonnay to be produced from our Pali Estate Vineyard. Planted in 2012, this 50-acre vineyard is located in Gypsy Canyon along the Hwy 246 corridor and sits on a southeast-facing slope with mostly sandy soils. Extremely low yields from this inaugural harvest afforded us limited, but high quality fruit to craft this wine. Made entirely from Clone 17, we only produced one barrel of this Chardonnay. Barrel-fermented and barrel-aged in two-year old French oak for 16 months and bottled in April 2017.
Light straw yellow color with nice clarity. Pleasantly herbaceous – rosemary, coriander. Lime peel, wet clay, white peaches, lemon curd, mandarin orange, pie crust. Tart acid jumps out front. Fresh lemons, sea salt, guava, lemon jolly ranchers – tart. Green apples. Background flavors of toasty brioche or sourdough bread. Acid is tart and carries through from start to finish. Vibrant minerality combined with acidity makes for a lively wine with hints of richness on the finish.
Light golden straw color suggests a lighter style of Chardonnay. The nose shows fresh flavors of lemons and nectarines accented with hints of vanilla, dried herbs, toasty oak and a touch of sea salt. The palate is bright and fresh with generous, juicy acidity supporting flavors of fresh peaches, lemon peel, and bananas that dance on the tongue with vibrant minerality.
“The 2014 Chardonnay Huber Vineyard has a classy bouquet of buttered orchard fruits, charcoal, toasted bread and spice. Barrel-fermented (malolactic fermentation was mostly blocked) and aged 15 months in 30% new French oak, drink this rounded, layered, yet still fresh and lively white over the coming 4-5 years.”
- Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com
2013 Huber Chardonnay is our first release from this classic Sta. Rita Hills vineyard. Bright, golden straw color. The nose is overflowing with hints of butterscotch and salty ocean air. The palate explodes with lemons and pears highlighted with a dancing minerality on the tongue. Finishes with flavors of key lime pie. It was barrel fermented using minimal amounts of new French Oak.