2018 Chardonnay Tondré Grapefield, Santa Lucia Highlands

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92 Points, Vinous / 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Tondré Alarid established a vineyard on his family’s historic ranch in Monterey’s Santa Lucia Highlands. In the hands of his son Joe Alarid, the estate has become one of the S.L.H.’s best known properties. The Highlands’ sparse mountainside soils and windy Monterey Bay-influenced climate produce some of the country’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The combination of a perfect site and meticulous farming makes for truly great wines.

Tasting Notes

The 2018 is a high-toned Chardonnay and perhaps a little more reserved at this stage than the showy 2017 vintage. It displays enticing aromas and flavors of pear, citrus, melon, and honeysuckle. A lean backbone provides the framework on which to hang the long finish of vanilla and spice. A great match for any cream-sauced pasta, roast chicken, and most seafood preparations.

Vineyard Sources

Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard: Tondré Grapefield
Grower: Joe Alarid

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.9

Cooperage: French oak, 25% new, 10 months

Production: 190

2018 Chardonnay Tondré Grapefield, Santa Lucia Highlands