This Chardonnay was grown in the Roger Rose, Leavens, Double L, and Kristy vineyards, which splay across the Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco, and Monterey appellations. It was whole-cluster pressed and the wine spent five months in stainless steel (hence “Metallico”). It did not go through malolactic.
It’s redolent of stone fruits, yellow apple, and wet stone, but the body delivers a shaft of light across the palate: Cleansing—almost astringent—suggesting yellow fruits and citrus. I admire its restraint, linearity, and vibrancy. It’s a good value for those who, like me, love this forthright style.
13.5% abv | $22 (sample)