AROMAS & FLAVORS
The 2021 Steel Chardonnay has aromatics of bright lemon-lime zest with hints of crisp green apple. On the palate, the soft nuances of fresh pineapple and notes of white peach bring out the lean acidity on the finish. This refreshing Chardonnay is the perfect pool-side spring and summertime wine.
VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING
The grapes are handpicked in the cool, early morning hours to retain fruit integrity. After whole cluster pressing, the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks using a special yeast strain that is ideal for cool-climate Chardonnay. To emphasize freshness, varietal purity and regional character, malolactic fermentation is prevented.
The 2021 vintage was marked by a cooler, and longer growing season which provided fruit of wonderful concentration. The moderate weather throughout the year in the Sta. Rita Hills provided incredible fruit quality and balanced acid levels. Harvest was completed on October 23, 2021.