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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
Carmel Road Monterey Chardonnay 2005
Carmel Road Monterey Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 91791)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Carmel Road harvests their Monterey Chardonnay at night and makes certain that the grapes arrive at the winery within 60 minutes of picking. Cool fruit temperatures at crush prevent tannin extraction and preserve fresh, delicate fruit flavors.

This Monterey Chardonnay is whole cluster pressed, a gentle process which avoids tearing the grape skin, often a source of harsh flavors and tannins. The juice is barrel fermented and sur lie aged for seven and a half months. Every two weeks Carmel Road's cellar crew stirred the lees to incorporate more of their creamy, toasty flavor. 100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation for buttery richness.

"A beautiful nose of ripe lemon sorbet, white peach and lilac. Flavors of citrus and pear are accented with a light minerality. Orange blossom and cream highlight the finish. The palate is so soft the wine just melts in your mouth."
-Ivan Giotenov, Winemaker

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About Carmel Road:

Founded in 1996, Carmel Road's mission is to produce wine showcasing the unique nature of Monterey County terrior. Our debut release, the 1997 Chardonnay, demonstrates the potential of the Monterey County appellation to produce world-class wines.

Located just a few miles over the ridges from the Pacific Ocean, Carmel Road produces wines from vineyards set against the Santa Lucia range and in the Gabilan foothills. Winemaker Kris Kato grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he developed "the beer bug." But the fermentation science program at Oregon State University led him down the path of winemaking. He's worked at Central Coast wineries large and small, and notes both experiences prepared him for his role at Carmel Road, where he focuses on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

"Pinot expresses itself more than any other variety, in terms of being nuanced-driven," Kris says. He's excited to be working with Monterey fruit, including from the winery's Panorama Vineyard. "I love to make small lots of wine from different parcels. It’s incredible to be able to choose the most distinct wines from the vineyard, and showcase them in different bottlings."