Chardonnay may not be a prominent grape variety in Paso Robles, but it nevertheless excels at our estate Margarita Vineyard. As the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, Margarita Vineyard is located 14 miles from the ocean and just over the hill from the Edna Valley, which is known as one of California’s premier Chardonnay appellations. The 2014 Chardonnay comes specifically from Block 26, one of Margarita Vineyard’s coolest spots. The result is something you might not expect—a deliciously authentic Chardonnay with Paso Robles on the label.
The 2014 Chardonnay is brimming with ripe aromas of apricot, tropical fruit and butterscotch, underscored with notes of spice and lime zest. The palate is rounded and luscious, offering broad flavors of pear, pineapple and caramel. The fruit remains pure through a full, rich finish.
The 2014 Chardonnay White Label is nothing short of a showstopper for those who enjoy an unbridled taste of the varietal. We held nothing back on the making of this wine. It was entirely fermented in French oak barrels, and later underwent full secondary malolactic fermentation for added dimension and fullness. It was also matured for 11 months in 30 percent new French oak. The result is a Chardonnay that is unabashedly rich without sacrificing balance.
Food Pairing Notes
The ripe character of the 2014 Chardonnay is a great match for fresh lobster, Dungeness crab, creamy pasta, and chicken with lemon butter sauce.