2016 Golden Chardonnay

Monterey County

Based in Carmel, California, Folktale Winery, the home of Golden, is located just 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. We think it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth, and we are inspired every day to be able to make wines here. As a growing region, Monterey County is ideally suited to grow amazing Chardonnay. The warm, dry summer days are cooled each afternoon and evening by the Pacific Ocean breeze and fog. This creates an extended growing season, allowing the grapes to develop layers of complexity and flavor. The rocky, volcanic soils impart great minerality and acidity to balance the big tropical and stone fruit flavors. Our goal is to showcase why Monterey County is the premier region for California Chardonnay.

For our inaugural 2016 release of Monterey County Chardonnay, we used our own estate vineyard in Arroyo Seco

COLOR: We’ll give you one guess. The golden yellow hue is clearly embraced through the clear glass bottle. Nothing to hide here. It’s looks like liquid gold.

AROMA: Classic tropical and stone fruit aromas of peaches, pineapple, papaya, apricot, and banana with notes of lemon zest, orange blossom, and vanilla cream.

FLAVOR: In the glass, there is a sophisticated balance of fruit, mineral, oak, and acid. No heat or overwhelming richness. The fruit and acid are at the forefront with bright pineapple, peach, and star fruit. The minerality lingers on the mid-palate and finish, where there is what I describe as a river rock character. The oak is very subtle, and grounds the flavors by adding a soft vanilla bean nuttiness, like the perfect pie crust of a meringue pie.