2014 Windstream® Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
The maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates morning fog and afternoon winds: an ideal climate for the production of world-class Burgundian varietals.This “stream of winds” directly affects the Sarmento Vineyard, which is located in the prestigious Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey. The soil is well-drained loamy sand with many fist-sized cobblestones. Winemakers Anthony Riboli and Arnaud Debons works employ traditional techniques and modern technology to create wines that express ripe fruit flavors with balance and finesse: barrel fermentation, lees stirring, and sur lie aging.
A luscious, structured wine with intense flavors of ripe pear and green apple. Barrel fermentation contributes nuances of oak spice and honey, while malolactic fermentation creates a round mouthfeel with a supple, creamy texture. Grown in our Sarmento Vineyard in Northern Monterey, the climate is very windy and very foggy, similar to that of the Burgundy region of France.