2021 Chardonnay Tondré Grapefield, Santa Lucia Highlands



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 ’21 Tondré Grapefield Chardonnay displays enticing aromas and flavors of white flowers, citrus, and pastry crust. Time in the glass offers up golden apple, pear, and lemon curd flavors and a long finish of spice, vanilla, and peach. The balance of bright acidity and a hint of creaminess from the primarily neutral French oak barrels make this wine a great match for Tim’s recipe for Shrimp Tacos with Mexican Street Corn.

Vineyard Sources

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

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.1

Cooperage: French oak, 25% new, 11 months

Production: 194

2021 Chardonnay Tondré Grapefield, Santa Lucia Highlands