Tasting Notes: Aromas of candied cherry, ripe strawberry with hints of mushroom, white pepper and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate, finishing with a touch of earthy notes, refined tannins and a soft mouthfeel.
2018 Owl Block Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey
Tasting Notes: Pale yellow with aromas of yellow peach, tropical fruits intertwine seamlessly with vanilla spice. The palate is rich and round, where the creamy texture, oak, vanilla and buttery flavors combine to perfection.
This is a great example of why Chardonnay continues to be Monterey's leading grape variety. The fresh citrus tones are accented by exuberant tropical fruit notes. Aromas of cinnamon and clove add further complexity, and a floral honeysuckle tone shines through as well. The juicy nature of the wine extends to the texture, while a brisk acidity speaks to the foggy California coastline.
The wine's jammy fruit profile coats the palate in a way that is easy to enjoy. Blackberry and Cherry Cola notes lead the way, but there's also flavors of rhubarb and smoke. Full of flavor, this wine well outperforms its price point.