2017 SCV Botrytis Chardonnay, Mendocino, 375ml

2017 Botrytis Chardonnay
Botrytis, Manchester Ridge Vineyard, Mendocino County

$50.00   per 375ml bottle

Vineyard Notes
Manchester Ridge, located in one of the coolest regions along the Mendocino coast, overlooks the Pacific Ocean and creates the perfect cool climate for forming the noble Botrytis. Famed in Europe for many centuries, the exotic and concentrated character owes the mold Botrytis cinerea, otherwise known as the "noble rot". This organism requires very specific conditions to remain in the state referred to as "noble"-- very cool nights and periodic moisture at the very correct time of the grape cluster development. The "noble" form of Botrytis causes the skins of the berries to lose their permeability and water, thus concentrating the grapes while adding layers of rich flavor.

Vintage Notes
The 2017 growing season was a bit of a roller-coaster with heavy winter rains leading to vigorous vine growth in spring. Bloom came early, in parallel with an eclectic range of springtime temperatures. Moderate early summer temperatures gave way to several heat waves throughout the summer and into fall, heightening the rate of ripening and flavor development in the grapes, and ushering in a slightly early harvest.

Winemaker Notes
A sweet bouquet opens with notes of warm caramel, baked apples, and pineapple. Luscious and mouthwatering with hints of golden apples, honey and apricots mingle across the palate.

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