Santa Cruz Mtns
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
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.
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.
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