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2018 Cavern Select Chardonnay

2018 Cavern Select Chardonnay
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SKU: CSCHDRH18

With golden hues, this Chardonnay features flavors of spiced pear and caramel.  Aged and fermented in 100% French oak, this wine blends aromas of ripe honeycrisp apples and vanilla bean. The mid-palate reveals a rich creaminess with a bright acidity balance. The wine has medium body with a smooth, yet lingering toasted oak finish. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Paso Robles
Acid
6.06
pH
3.65
Bottling Date
July 2019
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our 2018 Cavern Select Chardonnay has aromas preserved lemon, spiced apples and caramel. A rich and creamy mid palate complements a lingering toasted oak finish.
Ratings
92 Points - Blue Lifestyle, October 2019
Vineyard Notes
100% from the Templeton Gap appellation of the Paso Robles AVA
Winemaker Notes
100% barrel fermented in 100% French oak (50% new). Aged 9 months sur lie.
Food Pairing Notes
BBQ chicken, seared scallops, and soft cheeses.
Other Notes
The 2018 vintage began with a wet cool, wet spring. The cool weather delayed bud break and extended flowering leading to shatter in some exposed areas. In Mid-April some areas frosted, further delaying set and the 2018 season. A 40-day heat wave in July and August created challenges in most areas. By late August, the weather became more seasonal with temperatures remaining mild throughout harvest. On average, harvest was 2 weeks later than recent vintages at Robert Hall. The initial cool temperatures and heat wave lead vines to produce smaller clusters and berries, creating dark, phenolically dense wines. The 2018 vintage is shaping up to be a great vintage in Paso Robles with excellent maturity and aging potential.