2014 Central Coast Chardonnay

2014 Central Coast Chardonnay
Wine Specs
  • Extension Data 2
  • Vintage 2014
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Appellation Central Coast
  • Alcohol % 14.4
  • Wine Enthusiast 92
Best Value! - Wine & Spirits Magazine
This beautiful 2014 Chardonnay possesses delightful notes of hibiscus, pineapple and citrus. Flavors are so wonderfully integrated and balanced; Fuji apple, lemon chiffon and a soft, round, sensuous mouthfeel with a nice bright sweet-tart personality. A delicious wine all around.
Wine Notes
Coming off of the third year of drought, the Central Coast wine region was expecting to see lower yields with struggling vines. Much to our surprise the vines responded well to the sunny winter and spring days, and were very productive. Although it was a very dry year we saw brilliant sunshine through the growing season with early harvest dates. The 2014 vintage turned out to be great, with good yields and intense flavors.

After hand harvesting, the whole grape clusters were pressed and the juice was moved by gravity to Calera’s barrel cellar. Fermentation in barrels by native yeasts was followed by complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged without racking in French oak barrels, 10% new, for ten months. The separate vineyard lots were combined prior to bottling.
Wine Profile
Ratings- Wine Advocate- 91 points -From a cooler site, the 2012 Pinot Noir Reed Vineyard lacks the weight and depth of some of the other releases, yet has beautifully perfumed and complex notes of sassafras, kirsch, sweet black cherry, pepper and pine resin on the nose. These give way to a medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant Pinot Noir that has no hard edges, sweet fruit and a forward, yet still focused and balanced profile on the palate. Aged 16 months in roughly 30% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it should evolve gracefully through 2022.- Jeb Dunnuck