Chloe Chardonnay 2020
Chloe Monterey County Chardonnay is a rich, sophisticated wine with ripe flavors of fresh citrus, apple and pear with notes of creamy butter followed by soft hints of vanilla and toasted oak. The resulting wine is exceptionally well-balanced with sophisticated intensity, a creamy mid-palate and an unforgettable, silky finish.
The Chloe Wine Collection is created for sophisticated wine enthusiasts who appreciate all things extraordinary and timeless. Specially crafted by winemaker Georgetta Dane, the iconic wines of the Chloe Wine Collection offer the structure and depth of exceptional fruit from some of the world’s preeminent wine growing regions. Named after the ancient word “blooming,” Chloe wines are radiant and burgeoning with beautiful aromas and luxurious flavors.
A geographic and climatic paradise for grape vines, Monterey is a part of the greater Central Coast AVA and contains within it five smaller sub-appellations, including Arroyo Seco, San Lucas, San Bernabe, Hames Valley and the famous Santa Lucia Highlands. The climate is relatively warm but tempered by cool, coastal winds, allowing the regions in Monterey County an exceptionally long growing season. Bud break often happens two weeks sooner and harvest tends to be two weeks later compared to other surrounding regions.
Monterey’s coastal side, where the cooling ocean fog allows grapes to develop a perfect sugar-acid balance, excels in the production of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Warmer, inland subzones are home to fleshy, concentrated and full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.
Chardonnay, covering about 40% of vineyard acreage, is the most widely planted grape in all of Monterey County.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.