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MARINE LAYER: Aries Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021

MARINE LAYER: Aries Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021

Regular price $45.00 USD
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Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

AVA: Sonoma Coast, California

Vineyard: Grapes sourced from three esteemed Sonoma Coast vineyards: Charles Heintz and Bohemian in the Green Valley sub-AVA, and Marine Layer's own estate vineyard in the Sebastopol Hills.

Winemaking: A low-intervention approach showcases the pure expression of the terroir. Hand-harvested at night, the grapes undergo gentle whole-cluster pressing. Fermentation happens in 500L oak puncheons (25% new) using native yeasts. The wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation and ages for 11 months in barrel before blending and bottling unfined and with minimal filtration.

Tasting Notes: This Chardonnay bursts with vibrant energy, reflecting the cool-climate influence of the Sonoma Coast. The nose offers an enticing bouquet of lemon curd, green apple, and hints of jasmine flower. On the palate, it explodes with a symphony of citrus – makrut lime, Meyer lemon peel – beautifully intertwined with a stony minerality. The fresh acidity keeps the wine lively, while subtle hints of oak and marzipan from barrel aging add complexity. The finish is crisp and lingering, leaving you wanting another sip.

Production: Limited quantities are produced to ensure the highest quality and expression of each vineyard site.

Alcohol: 13.5% ABV

Overall: Marine Layer Aries Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021 is a stunning example of cool-climate California Chardonnay. It's an elegant and vibrant wine that captures the essence of the Sonoma Coast, perfect for seafood dishes, poultry, or simply enjoying on its own.

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