Wine Enthusiast 91
"Rich in citrus and tropical fruit flavors, but superbly dry and crisp in cool-climate acidity, with a wonderful, stony minerality. Comes down squarely on the dry, steely side of the Chardonnay spectrum, but no less complex and interesting. (4/1/2011)"
Growing Season and Harvest All of the fruit for this wine came from the Koehler Estate. The 2009 year saw a reduction in yield due to lower rainfall, but higher quality fruit exhibiting a more intense concentration of flavors. This fruit was picked at the best time to produce a crisp, Chablis style wine. "
"Winemaking 50% of this wine was stainless steel fermented and 50% was fermented in one to three year old French oak barrels. Aging for 6 months was 10% in new and 90% in 1-3 yr old French oak barrels. Only 1027 cases were produced.
Tasting Notes A straightforward wine with a strong focus on fruit expression. Full-bodied and well balanced with a slight oak impression on the nose and on the palate. With mild aromas of fruit and floral aspects, this food-friendly wine provides a vibrant freshness that is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Perfect for summer drinking and easy to pair with a variety of foods.
The Koehler Estate Koehler Winery evolved from the 1997 purchase of a property with vines up to 30 years old. At that time, all of the fruit grown on the estate was being sold to other producers. The vision of the Koehler family was to instead make their own premium wines from it at affordable prices. Sixty-seven acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier. The micro-climatic diversity on the 100-acre estate results in a superb quality of fruit. The 30-year old vines are recognized as among the best in the Santa Ynez Valley and surrounding area."