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Ben Lomond Mountain
September 20th, 2016
Brix at Harvest: 23
The 2016 Bald Mountain Chardonnay has a rich golden yellow core with a touch of green and yellow reflections on the rim. The wine was aged in 25% new French oak that accentuates the striking minerality of Bald Mountain without overpowering the terroir. At 12.1% alcohol this wine is much more reminiscent of a Burgundy than a classic California Chardonnay (however, as this very wine exemplifies there is a shift towards balanced wines in California in recent years). The nose is gently perfumed with notes of white flowers, honeysuckle, yellow apple, meyer lemon, stirred lees, raw hazelnut, a touch of oyster shells and wet white rocks. The palate is medium-medium light in body, with a touch of oak and refreshing acidity which frames the wine perfectly. On the palate the wine has flavors similar to the nose with notes of crunchy asian pear, lime pith, lemon blossoms, yellow apples, wet stones and a saline accent on the finish. This wine will get better and better with time and I firmly believe this wine should be rested for at least 2-3 more years for it to really hit its stride. The wine is delicious now, but the best side of this wine will emerge with a bit of time. If consuming this wine in its youth, please decant for at least an hour and serve at or just below cellar temperature (50-55F) in a large Burgundy stem, please not too cold or the wine’s personality will be lost.
Bald Mountain Vineyard, located in Bonny Doon, is owned and farmed by Jim Beauregard. Planted in 1990, the 40 acre vineyard sits at an elevation of 920 to 1050 feet on a southwest facing slope. Monterey Bay marine influences combine with the rare white sandy Zayante soil to produces wines with minerality and striking acidity.
298 cases produced