At Bridlewood, we like to take our time. With an eye toward matching each varietal with the region where it thrives, we hand select our grapes from California's vast Central Coast AVA.
Proximity to the Pacific Ocean gives Monterey County the cool, foggy climate that is ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes. Typically, bud break begins several weeks earlier and harvest ends several weeks later in Monterey County than in other Central Coast growing regions. This extra month of time on the vine allows the grapes to develop a crisp, bright acidity and lush tropical flavors. Monterey County houses the significant Monterey AVA, which includes nine sub-regions, united by the cooling influence of Monterey Bay.
The grapes were harvested at night and in the early morning to keep the fruit cool. The must was membrane drained and pressed, then kept cool and allowed to settle before racking to the fermentation tank. Both upright stainless steel tanks and oak barrels were used to ferment the wine. A portion of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to add more depth and richness to the finished wine.
Our Monterey County Chardonnay displays juicy tropical and floral notes mixed with hints of vanilla and spice. Flavors of mandarin orange, lime and pippin apple give way to clover honey and toasted sugar notes. With age, tropical caramel aromas will develop beautifully in this wine.