Joullian Chardonnay Highland Vineyard 2015, Santa Lucia Highlands, California

Highland “River Road” Vineyard was planted in 1973 and continuously farmed by the McFarland family in the cool northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands on a bench of fast draining Arroyo Seco sandy, gravelly loan high above the Salinas River. “Since 1991, Highland’s hallmark lime zest and green apple flavors have anchored the mid-palate of our Monterey Chardonnay blend, and in 2013 we decided to bottle the best barrels as the quintessential expression of Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay.” – From the winery. The grapes were hand harvested and sorted, lightly pressed, then fermented with multiple yeast cultures in new and neutral French oak barrels. The barrels were stirred every 7-10 days for 6 months to foster malolactic fermentation and enhance complexity and mouth feel. 100% Highland Chardonnay. 100% barrel fermented with multiple strains and 100% malolactic fermentation. Aged 9 months “sur lie” in 10% new French oak barrels. Brilliant pale straw green color. Perfumy lime zest, granny smith apple, mace, and hazelnut nose. Rich taut lime and green apple fruit flavors are complimented with nuances of roasted grain, nutmeg and minerality.