First impressions are of the beautiful golden straw color. Upon swirl, pungent aromatics deliver rich pineapple and stonefruit with hints of toasted marshmallow and coconut. On the palate, layers of apple pie are followed by rich mid palate pineapple. Soft creamy mouthfeel is balanced by natural bright acidity.
This 2013 Unbridled Chardonnay comes from Bien Nacido Vineyard located in the renowned Santa Maria Valley. The Santa Maria Valley is known for its east west direction which is unique on the West Coast. This east west running valley and its proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides plenty of cool coastal air and fog, resulting in an ideal climate for ripening Chardonnay and Pinot Noir while maintain elegance and balanced acidity.
Chardonnay is hand-picked into half ton bins and delivered to Wild Horse first thing in the morning. The fruit arrives cold and is dump directly into the press, and lightly squeezed to maintain the balanced bright acidity and rich fruit flavors. The juice is chilled and allowed to settle overnight, then racked to barrel to ferment in French oak barrels of which 33 percent are new. When the wines finish primary fermentation, we gently stir the lees to soften the mouthfeel and bring richness to the wine. Malolactic fermentation is not allowed to complete in order to maintain natural acidity.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy this wine with chicken Dijon or King crab legs.
(Apr 6, 2016 at 8:54 AM)
Ordered two bottles of this wine in our case club order and were completely surprised how good this wine is. It reminded us of a Columbia Crest Chardonnay that we luckily discovered back in the 90's only better. That, and this wine has a creamy, smooth flavorful tasste without the extra bite that most chardonnay's have. You can't find that in any other chardonnay we have tried and beleive me, since the Columbia Crest offering was short lived in one year, this wine was like finding the best Chardonnay that we have had since the 90's and is available at Wildhorse where we are lucky enough to be case members. Certainly hope this isn't limited to the 2013 year. What ever you did to produce this wine should be thoroughly documented so it can be repeated. Excellent.