Stephen's Cellar & Vineyard MacBride Chardonnay 2007
Located on the eastern side of the Santa Lucia Mountains and west of the Paso Robles AVA, the York Mountain AVA is only seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. With a strong marine influence and vineyards planted around 1,500 feet, York Mountain is cooler and wetter than the rest of Paso Robles.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.