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Wine Specs
Santa Maria Valley
Vineyard Designation
Sierra Madre Historic Vineyard
Alcohol %
Stephen Tanzer's

2008 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard

Historic Vineyards Collection

Situated in one of the Central Coast's most coveted appellations, the Sierra Madre Vineyard lies near the western edge of the Santa Maria Valley, in northern Santa Barbara County. 91 points The Wine Spectator.

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Sierra Madre Vineyard is one of the western-most vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley (read heavily influenced by the cool coastal fog). Sierra Madre was first planted in 1971. The vineyard has changed has several times over the years and is now owned and managed by Doug Circle, a businessman and strawberry grower, who purchased to property from Mondavi in 2003.

As is with all of our Chardonnay, the Sierra Madre was whole cluster pressed, chilled and settled ovenight, then put into François Freres French oak barrels, 25% of which were new, for fermentation. The wine was aged in barrel for 15 months before bottling in January 2009.

The ‘08 Sierra Madre shows a classic Santa Maria Valley stone fruit character.of peaches and apricots. Hint of citrus and tropical fruit round out the flavor profile with delocious barrel spice.

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