2015 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard
The fourth year of a drought gave us very low yields across California, resulting in wines with great depth and concentration. 2015 was the earliest and fastest harvest ever for us here at Calera.
After hand harvesting, the Bien Nacido Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed, settled over night, and racked to French oak barrels. The wine experienced native yeast fermentation in oak, 30% new, and remained in the barrels on the lees for 14 months.