Chardonnay – Santa Lucia Highlands
Grapes for this Chardonnay were harvested off Hillside Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, which is located in the Central Coast of California. The pronounced slope of the eastern-exposure vineyard provides well-drained soils. Varying level of grape maturity calls for multiple passes during harvest. The grapes were harvested with the chill of October nights and delivered directly to press with no crushing. After 48 hours of cold settling the juice was clean racked into three component programs. Program one: cold (50ºF.), slow fermentation in stainless steel tank to emphasize the fruit and acidity. Program two: fermentation in small, one to three year old barrels, at a relatively warm 65ºF with lees aging and malolactic fermentation. Program three: fermentation in stainless steel tanks with lees stirring, at temperatures ranging from 54 to 60ºF, followed by half completed malolactic fermentation. From these three programs the final blend was assembled, reflecting 80% aged on oak with 40% fermented in small barrels and 30% stainless steel only, unoaked. Partial malolactic fermentation ensures the wine will have a creamy richness balanced by bright fruit acidity. This focused, elegant Chardonnay’s aromas feature sweet golden apple, ripe citrus, tropical fruit and almond with touches of creamy yeast, vanilla and oak in the background. On the palate, the rich flavors are complemented by a light touch of toasty oak, refreshing citrus, mineral notes, and bright acidity on the finish.
About the Producer
Located in Monterey Wine Country, Poppy was founded by the Silva Family, who have been diligently tending to the land of the beautiful Salinas Valley for over 45 years. In 2003, they decided to channel their passions into a carefully crafted family wine, both elegant and approachable. By controlling grapes sourcing and operating a state-of-the-art facility, Poppy combines age-old winemaking traditions with new world techniques.
When deciding on a name, the Silva’s wanted something that spoke to the great state of California where their family had settled so many years ago. One day, while looking at wild poppies growing amongst the vines, the name was born. Poppy celebrates the state of California and its golden blooming flowers.