2021 Madson Chardonnay
Santa Cruz Mountains, California
From the winemaker: Barrel fermented in a cool cellar in neutral oak, topped and remains in barrel for ~6 months. Then racked together to stainless steel tank for ~4 months before bottling. This cuvée is a celebration of Chardonnay in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is sourced from several small amongst these, we highlight the old vine plantings at Arey Vineyard on the northeastern slopes, Ascona Vineyard perched along South Skyline, and Toyon Vineyard on the foggy coastal slopes. These sites each bring their unique mountain micro-climate signature to the blend, resulting in a wine that dances along the intersection of freshness and fruit. Aromatically, expect crisp Asian Pear, white pineapple and honeysuckle on a fresh sea breeze. There is a delicate chalkiness on the palate, with hints of lilikoi, cherimoya and lime zest.
90 points, Wine Enthusiast. "Subdued aromas of earth, wool, wet stone and light citrus show on the nose of this appellation blend. The palate is all about texture, with earthy, rocky elements and flavors of citrus pith and crisp pear clinging to the tight frame."