Wrath 3 Clone Monterey Chardonnay 2015
Wrath is the brainchild of co-owner and wine director Michael Thomas. Michael works closely with his mother Barbara, Wrath’s other owner. This Chardonnay comes from three old-vine Chardonnay clones on their estate vineyard (Mt.Eden, Wente and Clone 4). Grapes are hand picked and hand sorted. After pressing the wine is barrel fermented, some barrels inoculated with Montrachet yeast and others ferment slower, utilizing the natural yeast found in the winery. Once dry, the wine undergoes partial Malolactic fermentation to develop its rich, creamy character and 10 months of barrel aging in French oak (55% new). After bottling on site, the wine rests in bottle for another 12 months before release.
From the Winery: The name for the winery was inspired by both the ‘wrath’ of nature and the ‘wrath’ of the creative process that winemakers must have when crafting wine. Our Estate San Saba Vineyard is set in a sheltered nook just below the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The estate consists of 72 acres of which 67.75 are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Falanghina. This is a cool site with little rainfall and one of the longest growing seasons in the world. Our soils, Arroyo Gravelly Loam and Hanford Gravely Sandy Loam, provide a low-vigor, well-draining, disease- and pest-free medium for our vines. They also impart a subtle mineral quality to our wines. To preserve our local ecosystem, we have worked with viticultural consultant Steve McIntyre to develop a CCVT certified sustainable farming program tailored to our estate. In addition to protecting the local environment, we believe it allows us to produce wines that are more authentic and specific to our terroir. 127 cases made.
90 pts WE
One of the 10 Best Wineries along California Central Coast (Decanter)
Expansive and rich, this blend shows off the three old-vine Chardonnay clones of their estate vineyard (Mt. Eden, Wente, and Clone 4). This golden-hued Chardonnay offers aromas evoking baked apple crisp and Meyer lemon creme. The layered palate blends melon, apple, and a hint of butterscotch; followed by a long finish with bright acidity. 14.2% Alc. by Vol. Pair with grilled white fish, chicken salad and brie with quince paste.
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