Justin Chardonnay


750 ML


Product Description

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 Profile: Vintage: 2012 Wine Type: White Wine Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay Appellation: Paso Robles Barrel Aging: 6 Months 35% New French Fermentation: Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented. Alcohol %: 14.5 Tasting Notes: 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. Vineyard Notes: 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. Food Pairing: Pair with crab cakes, or a variety of seafood served with butter or cream sauces.


Varietal: Chardonnay

Region: Central Coast

Region Description:

The Central Coast AVA is a large American Viticultural Area that spans from Santa Barbara County to the San Francisco Bay Area. With around 100,000 acres planted, Chardonnay accounts for more then half of the total plantings. Within this larger AVA are several smaller appellations that share the same cooling influence from the Pacific Ocean. These include Arroyo Grande Valley AVA Arroyo Seco AVA Carmel Valley AVA Chalone AVA Cienega Valley AVA Contra Costa County AVA Edna Valley AVA Hames Valley AVA Lime Kiln AVA Livermore Valley AVA Monterey AVA Monterey County AVA Pacheco Pass AVA Paicines AVA Paso Robles AVA San Antonio Valley AVA San Benito AVA San Bernabe AVA San Francisco Bay AVA San Lucas AVA San Luis Obispo County AVA San Ysidro District AVA Santa Barbara County AVA Santa Clara County AVA Santa Clara Valley AVA Santa Cruz County AVA Santa Lucia Highlands AVA Santa Maria Valley AVA Santa Ynez Valley AVA Sta. Rita Hills AVA York Mountain AVA