2016 Sofia Chardonnay delivers juicy flavors of pineapple, pears, citrus and melon highlighted by delicate spice notes and a hint of minerals. Showing grace on the palate and a silky texture, this aromatic wine is balanced by crisp acidity, which makes it highly versatile with food.
Vineyard Notes: Grown in the cool climate of Monterey County our Chardonnay vineyards reside close to the coast. Here, the daily incursion of fog, which cools the vineyards, extends the time required for the grapes to ripen. Climate conditions such as these create aromatic and highly concentrated fruit that maintains vibrancy on the palate. Soil composition also contributes to the unique character of Chardonnay from this region, lending nuances of flint and minerals.
Winemaker’s Notes: The 2016 growing season began early after a winter of heavy rain. The much-needed precipitation benefitted the vines before mild spring temperatures arrived, followed by a classic Monterey County summer where sunny days give way to cool evenings. Under these conditions, the grapes mature slowly over a long period of time. The extended growing period develops fragrant and well-textured fruit that is balanced by natural acidity. Upon harvest, the wine is fermented and finished in stainless steel to preserve the wine’s fresh flavors and aromatics.
This wine is no longer offered from Coppola (believe me, I emailed them!), but DML&D had a half case for me - I was beyond thrilled! I really enjoy this little Chardonnay - it is PERFECTION for summer. It has a lower ABV, but that's okay. I prefer this white wine super chilled, so I actually move it from my wine fridge to my regular refrigerator a couple hours before opening and enjoying! Cheers!