Trail Marker Chardonnay Chapel Vyd Santa Cruz Mtns

Country: 
USA
Region: 
California
Item code: 
CTM009
Vintage: 
2015
Bottle sizes: 
750 ML
Appellation: 
Santa Cruz Mtns
Wine type: 
White
Organic: 
Practicing
Trail Marker
Varietals: 
Chardonnay
The Chapel vineyard sits on a ridge at 800 feet elevation a mere 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vines produce small clusters and are plante to Mount Eden and Clone 76. The vineyard is under the care of "The Grape Whisperer" Prudy Fox
calcareous soils
farmed using organic methods
Whole cluster pressed and fermented using all native yeasts.
The wine is aged in neutral, French oak for 9 months and spends 2 months in steel before bottling.
137 cases
90
91+
A couple of years ago I had tasted the 2013s from Trail Marker Wine Company and liked them very much, but somehow I had missed the 2014 releases from the winery, so I was very happy to have a chance to taste the 2015s here. The 2015 Chapel Vineyard chardonnay is fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised entirely in older casks. The wine is excellent, coming in at a cool 12.7 percent octane and offering up a fine bouquet of pear, apple, dried flowers, a touch of fresh nutmeg, a lovely base of soil tones and just a whisper of vanillin oak in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full and racy, with lovely burgeoning complexity, a fine core, bright acids and excellent length and grip on the poised and well- balanced finish. This is really good, low fat chardonnay. 2017-2025.
Field Publication Computed: 
VinousOther
Field Rating Computed: 
90\n91+\nA couple of years ago I had tasted the 2013s from Trail Marker Wine Company and liked them very much, but somehow I had missed the 2014 releases from the winery, so I was very happy to have a chance to taste the 2015s here. The 2015 Chapel Vineyard chardonnay is fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised entirely in older casks. The wine is excellent, coming in at a cool 12.7 percent octane and offering up a fine bouquet of pear, apple, dried flowers, a touch of fresh nutmeg, a lovely base of soil tones and just a whisper of vanillin oak in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full and racy, with lovely burgeoning complexity, a fine core, bright acids and excellent length and grip on the poised and well- balanced finish. This is really good, low fat chardonnay. 2017-2025.\n