2020 Samuel Louis Smith Chardonnay 'Les Granitiers'
Gabilan Mountains, California
Granitier is the French term for a granite quarry worker, therefore an apt term for this wine hailing from the granitic Coastview Vineyard. Situated on a ridgetop 2,300 feet up the Gabilan Mountains, it’s one of the most dramatically beautiful sites on the Central Coast. Here, thin soils of decomposed granite with veins of limestone are planted to a smattering of cool-climate Burgundian, Rhône, and Bordelais varietals. Organically farmed, it produces wines with crunchy freshness and elegant structure.
Pale gold and light-medium bodied. Aromas of lemon meringue, oyster shell, subtle toast, and honey are framed by an elegantly chalky texture and refreshing acidity.
100% malolactic fermentation
Native primary fermentation in stainless steel and secondary fermentation in barrel
9 months élévage in 25% second-fill and 75% neutral French oak barrels
Four barrels • 95 cases produced