Broadside Wild Ferment Chardonnay

Chardonnay   ABV: 13.5%   Bottle Size: 750ml   Format: Single

Country: United States

Region: California


Only 6 left in stock

After undergoing a wild fermentation and partial malolactic fermentation (for added creaminess) this wine has seen just a hint of oak (10%).  Citrus, apple, and stone fruits are accompanied by a hint of vanilla bean to create an enticing, aromatic nose. On the palate, flavors of yellow apple and pear, with a dash of orange zest, are backed by a subtle toasty quality. The rich, creamy mouthfeel and well-integrated acidity bring the flavors through to a long, smooth finish.

I put this on our holiday offering mainly as I believe a nice Chardonnay is relatively versatile for pairing....always great to have a few bottles on hand.  This particular bottle is complex, yet very well balanced.  Broadside sourced the grapes from vineyards in the Paso Robles Highlands and Edna Valley located in the Central Coast AVA of California.  After undergoing a wild fermentation (meaning no outside yeast was added to the process....just what naturally occurs in the vineyard and winery), this wine went through partial malolactic fermentation, where the malic acid of the grapes undergoes a transformation to lactic acid, giving the wine a rich creaminess.  By not having all the wine go through this process, the remaining malic acid adds to the great acid structure that this wine presents.   The result is a medium-bodied creamy, fresh Chardonnay with hints of nuttiness and slightly bruised apple.   Don't be worried by the age of this wine (2016).  I opened up a bottle to enjoy just this week, and found it still fresh and lovely.


from the Broadside Winery website:

Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles is a vast region of rugged terrain and dramatic climate, with an unmistakable pioneering spirit.  Maritime breezes and coastal fog roll in from the nearby Pacific Ocean, contributing to temperature swings up to 50 degrees between night and day. Ancient oak trees tower throughout the vineyards where a rare diversity of soil types cover the earth.  These natural conditions create an ideal and unique place for winegrowing. We’re proud to work with vineyard partners who are passionate stewards of this land and committed to preserving it for future generations.

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