2021 Chardonnay Bald Mountain Vineyard
Ben Lomond Mountain
20% New French Oak
The 2021 Bald Mountain Chardonnay is all about terroir. The own rooted 30 year old vines grow deep into the white sandy Zayante soils which is a highly decomposed ancient seabed lifted into the mountains by tectonic movement. The wine has a powerful saline minerality and fine acidity from the cooling ocean breeze. The wine was aged in 20% new French oak that accentuates the terroir of Bald Mountain Vineyard without overpowering it. The palate is medium-light in body with primary fruit flavors or Meyer lemon, yellow apple and crunchy asian pear.Drink now while it is fresh and vibrant, or cellar for up to 5 years.
Bald Mountain Vineyard, located in Bonny Doon, is owned and farmed by Beauregard Vineyards. Planted in 1990, the 32 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.
The grapes were hand harvested, stemmed, and crushed. Native yeast fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. The wine was put into the finest French Oak we have in our cellar with about 20% new barrels and aged for 18 months.