JUSTIN's 2012 Chardonnay is a perfect balance of styles. Crisp on the palate with ripe lemon, peach and apple with just a touch of elegant French oak richness, it's never heavy or buttery, and is a refreshing match to most any dish.
Wine Type: White Wine
Appellation: Paso Robles
35% New French
Fermentation: Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented.
Alcohol %: 14.5
Appearance: Clear, day bright, with a medium yellow straw color Aroma: Lemon pie, ripe peach, golden apple and toasted butterscotch with a subtle spicy clove accent. Palate: Crisp, medium plus body, with lemon and ripe yellow apple flavors on the entry, adding peach and a little lemon thyme toward the mid-palate and butterscotch, spice and citrus on a clean, long finish.
2012 began with a cool spring that delayed bud break until mid-April, three weeks later than normal, minimizing the chance of late frost damage. Things warmed in May and June causing some vigorous canopy growth and a very hot July rushed veraison a bit. Early August cooled and put the vintage back on track but then warmed, leading to a very hot September with some great, cool Paso evenings and nights that help balance ripeness, maturity, and acid levels in our fruit. The first light rainfall occurred on October 10th, but did not affect the harvest since it warmed up again through mid-November yielding some great fruit. Our harvest ended in mid-November, a few weeks later than normal and just before the winter cold and rain set in.
Pair with crab cakes, or a variety of seafood served with butter or cream sauces.