Highlands 41 Chardonnay 2020
This refreshing wine shows beautiful flavors of tropical fruit, grapefruit and zesty lime. With a spicy mid-palate and a touch of minerality, the wine’s natural acidity brings it to a crisp, cool, satisfying finish.
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Named after historic Highway 41 and the rugged Creston Highlands, Highlands 41 is the embodiment of the energy and excitement you get from breaking out and taking the road less travelled. Proudly rooted in Paso Robles, their wines embody the pioneer spirit that founded the area and the amazing undiscovered flavors that can be found here. Millions of years ago, the Highlands 41 vineyards were submerged under an ancient sea. Fast forward millions of years, the seas have receded leaving behind limestone rich soil which provide ideal conditions for the vineyards. At Highlands 41 sustainability and maintaining these unique soils are a top priority and all of their vineyards are certified sustainable by CSWA.
A geographic and climatic paradise for grape vines, Monterey is a part of the greater Central Coast AVA and contains within it five smaller sub-appellations, including Arroyo Seco, San Lucas, San Bernabe, Hames Valley and the famous Santa Lucia Highlands. The climate is relatively warm but tempered by cool, coastal winds, allowing the regions in Monterey County an exceptionally long growing season. Bud break often happens two weeks sooner and harvest tends to be two weeks later compared to other surrounding regions.
Monterey’s coastal side, where the cooling ocean fog allows grapes to develop a perfect sugar-acid balance, excels in the production of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Warmer, inland subzones are home to fleshy, concentrated and full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.
Chardonnay, covering about 40% of vineyard acreage, is the most widely planted grape in all of Monterey County.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.