Hess Select Chardonnay 2011
Started in 1844, Hess Family Wine Estates is a family-owned, fourth-generation company with a deep commitment to responsible agricultural and business practices. Founded in Bern, Switzerland, Hess Family Wine Estates seeks, develops and mentors businesses worldwide that reflect the company's values of tradition, quality and sustainability. Hess Family Wine Estates is based on three core areas that comprise the foundation of the company. New world wines, properties & hospitality, and contemporary art. Crafted by winemakers best known for their artistry with mountain vineyards in Napa Valley, Hess Select wines are sourced from family-owned estate vineyards and from grower families who share a sustainable farming philosophy. Monterey’s cooling fog and Pacific coastal breezes, drawn across the Gabilan Mountains into the Salinas Valley, create an ideal climate for growing Chardonnay, yielding wines with tantalizing tropical notes and crisp acidity. Moderate temperatures lengthen the growing season, allowing fruit to evolve with layers of distinct Central Coast flavors. This wine comes from the 352-acre Shirtail Creek estate vineyard in Monterey. The wine sees 9 months in French Oak (30% new). Aromas of pear and citrus, highlighting lemon and lime, are followed on the palate with pineapple and tropical fruit flavours. Medium bodied and refreshing, a subtle oak toast balances acidity, resulting in a wine crafted in a modern, fruit-forward style, wonderful to enjoy on its own as an apéritif, or with a wide array of dishes across many cuisines.