2016 Madson Wines "P.M. Staiger Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

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Winemaker's Notes: "This Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is sourced from PM Staiger Vineyard. Planted in 1967, Paul and Margery Staiger have made this own-rooted Wente Clone Chardonnay for 44 years. In 2016, they turned over the farming to Madson and gave us the privilege to make this amazing vineyard into wine. This 2 acre vineyard lies on a rugged hillside in Boulder Creek. The soil is decomposed Monterey schist giving the wine a savory salinity and chalky texture. Immense diurnal shifts helps to retain acidity in the grapes. Once harvested, the fruit is handled anaerobically and pressed as whole clusters. Fermentation occurred in 6 neutral french oak barrels to avoid oak flavor but create ideal thermodynamics in the fermentation. The wine stayed on fine lees for 8 months of élevage. Aging on fine lees promotes baking spice aromatics and the richness in the middle palate. 140 cases produced. This wine begins with bright aromatics of orange peel, jasmine and baking spice . The palate continues with a crisp chalky, salinity. Fruit flavors of white peach and green apple come through in the finish. This vineyard has been known to produce wines that flourish in 15-20 years of cellar time. Pair with lighter meats and seafood."

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
This vineyard planted in 1967 produced a wine with honeyed aromatics and ripe flavors of Golden Delicious apples. There is a whisper of chalk on the fine, clean finish. This is not a brawny monster but rather a beverage of quiet contemplation to match to delicate fare.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 13