2015 Santa Barbara Chardonnay

2015 Santa Barbara Chardonnay
2015 Santa Barbara Chardonnay
Premiere Coastal Vineyard in Los Alamos has proven to provide stellar fruit year after year.  The terroir is excellent and the fruit from the vineyard is highly coveted. This Chardonnay expresses an inviting aroma of white fruit blossoms and light citrus precede flavors of Forelle pear, vanilla, and a hint of ginger. Pairs well with seafood and mildly spiced Asian dishes. It is ready to drink now or enjoy after a few years of proper cellaring.
Aromas of white fruit blossoms and light citrus precede flavors of Forelle pear, vanilla and a hint of ginger.
Tasting notes

Soft and complex floral notes with flavors of pear, guava, and lychee. The toasted honey-oat and buttery finish denote French Oak. Pairs nicely with buttered herb roasted lobster and Caesar salad.

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Vintage2015
VarietalChardonnay
AppellationSanta Barbara County
VineyardPremiere
Sugar23.0
Acid.064
PH3.33
Aging9 months 20% New French Oak
Residual Sugar0.25
Alcohol14.00%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/16/2016
Cases Produced379

This wine is 100% chardonnay made entirely from our managed vineyards in Los Alamos in Northern Santa Barbara County. It was handpicked from a portion of the vineyard that has well drained soils that are ideal for this variety.  Yields were limited to produce a highly-flavored wine. Santa Barbara County is widely regarded as one of the leading appellations for Chardonnay. It has a distinctive flavor that combines fruitfulness with a full body and thickness.

Jim Shumate, Winemaker
 
A native of Southern California, Jim's first wine job was working in the barrel room at Meridian Vineyards, where his budding career was greatly influenced by legendary winemaker Chuck Ortman. After several vintages with Meridian as Senior Lab Technician and Senior Barrel Technician, Jim moved on to become Cellar Master and Consulting Winemaker at Templeton Wine Services (where he first met Pomar Junction CEO, Dana Merrill). From 1999 to 2008, this full-service processing facility afforded Jim the opportunity to work with a wide range of varietals, styles and volumes – from small, high-end lots to several-thousand-case productions.
 
While making wine for Templeton Wine Services, Jim was also busy working toward a degree in Enology at Cal Poly University. His involvement at Cal Poly eventually led to an invitation to develop and manage the Cal Poly pilot winery which opened in 2008. As Cellar Master, Winemaker, and Lecturer for the new campus winery, Jim instructed students on procedural operations of all winery equipment, demonstration of lab analysis and interpretation of results. Additionally, Jim co-taught advanced enology classes, operated and repaired all winemaking equipment, and established a new bottling line for the campus winery. After several vintages of hands-on teaching from fruit to bottling, Jim took the position of Winemaker at Pomar Junction in July 2011.
 
He lives in Paso Robles with his wife and children.
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