The 2017 Chardonnay Monterey County opens with notes of gunflint and toast over baked apples, yellow pears, popcorn and a tropical tinge. The palate is medium-bodied and rounded with an über spicy, fresh fruit profile lifted by mouthwatering acidity, and it finishes long and toasty. This has an appealing yin-yang of savory and bright citrus character.Erin Brooks - Wine Advocate 91
As farmers and stewards of the land, we're constantly striving to find its highest and best use. Our unique soil types and proximity to the ocean have convinced us that it's Chardonnay. At Chamisal, we're commited to growing truly world-class Chardonnay and showcasing each vineyard's unique characteristics. Chamisal Vineyards has been SIP (Sustainability in Practice) certified in the vineyards since 2010 and we were the the second-ever winery to be SIP-certified in 2016, though the winery has always gone above and beyond the requirements to maintain the health of our vineyards and improve biodiversity in the area. Sustainable practices at Chamisal Vineyards include the use of compost, cover crops, minimal organic fertilizers, a rooftop solar array and the introduction of drought-tolerant rootstock and moisture-sensors to mitigate irrigation needs, as well as a water-recapture system that reclaims 100 percent of winery process water for irrigation needs.