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Noble Vines 446 San Bernabe Vineyard Chardonnay Monterey 2012
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Country: USA
- Region: San Bernabe Vineyard, Monterey County
- Unit Size: 750 mL
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The 2012 vintage exhibits appealing aromas of golden delicious apples, apricots and pineapple. Medium bodied with a creamy mid palate this delightful wine offers flavors of peach, coconut, and hints of toasty vanilla spice.
446 Chardonnay can be enjoyed on its own or with grilled shellfish, light pasta entrees or with curry dishes.
Born in France, Raised in America. Not all vines are created equal.
Over centuries, the French have carefully singled out the most coveted vines in Bordeaux and Burgundy, naming each vine with a unique number to identify its exceptional attributes. Here in California, we’ve planted a selection of these French vines exactly where they will flourish best. Single Vineyard 446 Chardonnay is named for Vine Type 4 grown in Block 46 of our San Bernabe Vineyard. San Bernabe’s cool growing season and diverse soil types add to 446 Chardonnay’s brilliant color, juicy tropical and citrus flavors and supple finish.
The 2012 vintage was ideal for producing high quality, elegant wines. In Monterey, it was the coolest growing season since 1998. After a relatively wet winter and early spring, temperatures remained cool and moderate throughout the initial part of the season. Fruit development, from bud break through berry set, progressed slowly with yields just below average. A two-day heat spike in August proved challenging, but as careful picking began in early September, the quality of the fruit remained strong due to an overall cooler vintage. The resulting fruit was packed with brilliant, concentrated flavor and color.
446 Chardonnay is a single vineyard Chardonnay from San Bernabe Vineyard, part of the San Bernabe AVA in Monterey County, one of the most diverse single vineyards in the world, with multiple microclimates varying in soil types and conditions. Vineyard soils range from medium loam soil with interspersed calcareous fragments to sandy loam derived from ancient sand dunes. This area is also one of the coolest growing regions in California—perfect for developing ideal flavor concentration and balance in white wine varietals.
446 Chardonnay begins in the vineyard, where the winemaker closely monitors the development of flavors, and the grapes come from 10 diverse blocks within San Bernabe Vineyard and are harvested at the peak of ripeness. The grapes are delivered to the winery and gently pressed into either oak barrels or stainless steel tanks, depending on the level of acidity found in each distinct lot. The leaner lots are fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain their more delicate aromas, brightness and acidity, while the richer lots are sent to barrels for fermentation and aging. Following fermentation all lots start malolactic fermentation, and are stirred bi-monthly until the best lots are blended together, just prior to bottling.
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