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2016 EX Unoaked Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Stainless steel only; no oak
Primary fermentation only
Residual Sugar
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2016 EX Unoaked Chardonnay

Bright and crisp with surprisingly rich flavors of tropical fruit and citrus.

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2016 EX Unoaked Chardonnay comes from the original 35-year old, own-rooted Chardonnay vines planted on our estate vineyard.  This wine is fresh, crisp and bright, yet deceptively rich.  Aromas of citron and pineapple combine to add a subtle tropical note to the nose.  The palate counters with lively stone fruit and citrus, a noticeable but balanced acidity, and a full mouthfeel.

Wine Profile
Editor's Choice- Wine Enthusiast magazine, Sept 2017
Vineyard Notes
Our Estate San Saba Vineyard is set in a sheltered nook just below the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The estate consists of 72 acres of which 67.75 are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Falanghina. This is a cool site with little rainfall and one of the longest growing seasons in the world. Our soils, Arroyo Gravelly Loam and Hanford Gravely Sandy Loam, provide a low-vigor, well-draining, disease- and pest-free medium for our vines. They also impart a subtle mineral quality to our wines. To preserve our local ecosystem, we have worked with viticultural consultant Steve McIntyre to develop a CCVT certified sustainable farming program tailored to our estate. In addition to protecting the local environment, we believe it allows us to produce wines that are more authentic and specific to our terroir
Production Notes
With a name meaning "out of" in Latin, EX speaks to our focus on expressing the personality and characteristics of our Certified Sustainable (SIP) estate vineyard. To that end, this wine is fermented (primary only) in stainless steel to retain focus on the bright fruit flavors of the grape. 638 cases