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Alta Maria Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

Alta Maria Vineyards Chardonnay 750ml 2012     
Sku: 1861988

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Alta Maria Vineyards is owned by winemaker Paul Wilkins, James Ontiveros and Sao Anash. Paul and James met while in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and help found Vines to Wines. While still in college, Paul landed a job with renowned winemaker John Alban and worked his way to the top of the ranks. After eight years at Alban Winery, with the last few as winemaker, Paul left to consult for other wineries. Around the same time, James planted an eight acre plot of Pinot Noir on his family’s estate, Rancho Ontiveros in Santa Maria, California. Together they partnered with Sao, a former executive director of the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Association to start Alta Maria Vineyards. Alta Maria means “Higher or Heavenly Mary, and is also the name given by James’ ancestor, Don Juan Pacifico Ontiveros to the Santa Maria River. The homage to the past continues with the wine label which features hand-hewn iron nails that were used by homesteaders before the Industrial Revolution.

Tasting notes
Aromas of green apple, honeydew, custard, hay and Clementine merge with flavors of butterscotch, lime, herbs and cinnamon toast. Crisp and refreshing acidity are carried through to the finish.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 89 points (Aug 2014)
Clean, crisp and mineral laced, the 2012 Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley is medium-bodied, racy and focused, with well-defined stone fruits, white peach, salty minerality and hints of herbs all showing in the bouquet. It too is perfect for starting a meal over the coming couple of years.

Technical notes
Chardonnay clone 4 was fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for 11 months in neutral French Oak.

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Barbara
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
 
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