Pali Wine Co. Chardonnay
The "Highlands" Chardonnay is crafted from fruit grown on both our Pali Estate Vineyard and the Chapel Vineyard (formerly Huber Vineyard) located in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Several Chardonnay clones are included in this wine: the Wente clone from Chapel Vineyard as well as Clone 17 (aka Robert Young) and Clone 37 (aka Dijon Clone 95) from the Pali Vineyard. This wine was barrel-fermented and barrel-aged for 15 months, using 30% new French oak, prior to bottling in December 2018.
"Charm Acres" is crafted from premium Chardonnay grapes sourced from top vineyards in Sonoma County. This wine underwent minimal malo-lactic (ML) fermentation, resulting in a Chardonnay that is bright and lively on the palate. It was aged for 10 months using less than 25% new French oak, which adds a hint of richness to this incredibly balanced Chardonnay. Bottled in August 2018.
Planted in 2012, our 50-acre vineyard is located in Gypsy Canyon along the Hwy 246 corridor and sits on a gentle, Southeast-facing slope with mostly sandy soils. Extremely low yields from this harvest afforded us limited, but high-quality fruit to craft this wine. Made from Clones 17 and 37, this wine was barrel-fermented and barrel-aged in a combination of new and neutral French oak for 14 months and bottled in January 2018.
Established in 1986, Huber Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Proprietors Norm and Troudl Huber planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in 1987 and have remained passionate and meticulous caretakers of their vineyard. Located in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills, the vineyard benefits from the appellation's cool climate, ocean breezes, coastal fog, and incredible soils. This Chardonnay is fermented in small lots, barrel-aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak and bottled in January 2018
The "Highlands" Chardonnay is sourced from several of our favorite vineyards in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The wine was barrel-fermented and barrel-aged for 15 months, using 20% new French oak, prior to bottling in summer 2017. ML fermentation was inhibited, yielding a rich, yet crisp Chardonnay.
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.
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.
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.
“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.