Las Nenas 2019 Chardonnay
Santa Maria Valley, California | Tinaquaic Vineyard
The 2019 Co^lluvial™ “Las Nenas” Tinaquaic Chardonnay bottling is grounded in the majesty of California’s Santa Maria Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). The Santa Maria Valley AVA is a very cool growing area in California, classified as Region 1. The appellation’s terroir is a combination of rocky soils, cool climate and ocean influence. The fruit is drawn from the Tinaquaic Vineyard which was planted in 1989 by the Foxen “Boys”, Billy Wathen and Dick Dore. Foxen’s Tinaquaic Vineyard, is the area’s only dry-farmed vineyard meaning, it receives absolutely no irrigation. All vines are own-rooted and all its 10 acres are meticulously farmed by Billy Wathen and his crew. The soil composition ranges from sandy to clay loam and its planted primarily to Chardonnay with smaller amounts of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. There is one variable that is consistent at this site… no matter what weather challenges Billy and the crew are confronted with, they always manage to grow and extract amazing fruit that is expressive of the year’s harvest & vintage.
A youthful pale to medium gold in the glass is matched by slight hints of brioche, citrus and hazelnut aromatics combined with a round smooth texture on the palate. Bright but powerful and beautifully layered with Meyer lemon, grapefruit and a light hint of vanilla. Light white flower notes intertwine with zip acidity and mineral undertones that make this offering a killer with shellfish. A superb and multi-dimensional wine with great balance and structure that will continue to evolve gracefully for years to come.
Macadamia- nut aromas meet with lemon glaze on the nutty nose of this single-vineyard expression. A tight, brisk and lemony acidity fires up the sip, which also shows tart apple flavors. 91 Pts Matt Kettmann-Wine Enthusiast
Seared Scallops, Oysters, Oysters Rockefeller or Grilled Lobster will create perfect seafood matches to this bottling. In the hearty complex Co^lluvial Tinaquaic Chardonnay will stand up perfectly to Crawfish Gumbo.