90 Points, Wine Enthusiast & 91 Points, Vinous
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.
The ’19 Tondré Grapefield Chardonnay displays enticing aromas and flavors of stone fruit and citrus. Time in the glass offers up juicy peach flavors, and a long finish of spice and vanilla. The balance of bright acidity and a hint of creaminess from the primarily neutral French oak barrels make this wine a great match for linguine and clams, roasted pork tenderloin with apples, or a spread of your favorite cheeses on a warm spring evening.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard: Tondré Grapefield
Grower: Joe Alarid