From the vineyard to the winery, Alamos Ridge Chardonnay is made to emphasize varietal fruit character. The cool evening temperatures in Catenas high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang-time, preserving the fruits full spectrum of aromas and flavors. At the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, fermentation temperatures are carefully controlled and 23% new barrels are used to age the wines.
The result of this careful handling is a wine of golden, yellow color with green highlights and the aromas of fresh damson and mandarin fruit in combination with light vanilla notes. The wine has a soft mouthfeel with a delicate creamy and buttery finish. -José Galante, Chief Winemaker