2017 Cortada Alta Vineyard Chardonnay

2017 Cortada Alta Vineyard Chardonnay

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The 2017 Cortada Alta Vineyard Chardonnay is August West's first vintage of Chardonnay from this spectacular new site high up in the Santa Lucia Highlands.  August West partner, John Peterson, planted Cortada starting in 2014.  One of the blocks at Cortada sits 1,650 in elevation, the highest fruit in the whole appellation.  The growing season was ideal for SLH Chardonnay, with intermittent cool and warm weather, followed by a couple weeks of extreme heat long before the grapes were ready to be harvested.  We barrel-fermented the Cortada Chard in neutral oak and aged it for 16 months before bottling.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2017
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Harvest Date 10-4-17
Aging 16 months in neutral French oak
Fermentation Whole cluster pressed
Bottling Date 2-24-19
Alcohol % 14.1

Wine Profile

Production 47 cases produced