SLO Down Wines Broken Dreams Chardonnay 2017
With a story so rich and expansive, it's far better to watch our video to get a sense of who we are and how we are wildly different from anyone else in the wine industry. But basically, in a nutshell, I started slo down wines in 2008 with 93 cases of sexual chocolate. Never could I imagine that I would be here telling you this story 7 years later with a wine that has blown up across the country and has also allowed me to release two new wines - broken dreams chardonnay and stand out cabernet/merlot blend. Slo down wines had a very humble start and we remain humble and grateful for all of our supporters out there who want to ditch the boring, stuffy, old rules that surround wine and just drink it for pure pleasure and fun. ~ Brandon Allen, Director of Important Stuff and Slutty Winemaker
California’s most praised white wine, Chardonnay is also the state’s most planted white grape variety. Diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles.
Chardonnay planted in the cooler, coastal zones takes on bright characteristics like lemon zest, key lime, green apple and wet flint. For this style, look to the chilly Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Highlands and Edna Valley.
The inland zones of California’s coast, such as the Russian River, Sonoma, Napa and Livermore Valleys maintain a more Goldilocks-esque climate where both styles go. Early picking retains acidity and creates a leaner style but leaving the grapes to hang creates an approachable Chardonnay, balancing richness and finesse.