2017 Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay
2019 New World International Wine Competition, Jerry Mead
The 2017 Cypress Chardonnay is a straw yellow color with youthful hues. The inviting nose offers aromas of white peach, daffodil, and ripe orange, complemented on the palate by ripe nectarine, peach, and orange marmalade, with a long creamy finish. The balanced acidity and rich texture is a perfect complement to many dishes, including tarragon chicken or a creamy scallop risotto.
74.47% Arroyo Seco; 25.53% Santa Lucia Highlands
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its twisted and gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement inland and seaward. The ocean’s influence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is significant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool, while preserving the grapes’ natural acidity and flavor. For Cypress Vineyards Chardonnay, the daily cooling air from the Pacific moves directly from Monterey Bay and down the appellations of the Salinas Valley, creating richly flavored Chardonnay with grapefruit, peach, and tropical flavors. Harvesting and pressing in the vineyard at night ensures the preservation of these bright fruit characteristics and mouthwatering acidity.