Split Rail vineyard lies on a mountaintop at 1700’ above the Monterey Bay in Corralitos, CA. Ocean breezes cool the vineyard at night, resulting in a very long growing season. The resulting wine from the relatively warm 2012 season is voluptuous, structured and aromatic in the extreme, with clear minerality from the vineyard’s sandstone & limestone soils.
While we have become known for quiet restraint in our mountain-grown Chardonnay, sometimes it’s fun to let a voluptuous blonde dance on the table tops at your party. The 2012 Split Rail Chardonnay has all the elegance, minerality and bright acidity of her older counterparts, but she’s vivacious, curvy, rich and very entertaining. In the case of this showy girl, her intellect and balance have stepped up to match her outgoing nature… resulting in a whole lotta lovin’ going on. But seriously… Split Rail’s signature tropical/passionfruit/pineapple aromas are here in spades, alongside a softer underside of Crème brûlée and caramel.
- Hand-harvested October 3rd at 24.9 brix.
- Whole cluster pressed.
- Aged 14 months sur lie.
- pH 3.42.
- New coopers: Odysé CT210 & 215, Ambrosia Sweet Boost.
- Only 6 barrels handcrafted.