Chardonnay "Wolff Vineyard" Edna Valley

United States

Jean-Pierre Wolff farms 55 acres of Chardonnay vines in the bucolic Edna Valley, outside the town of San Luis Obispo. Originally planted in 1976 by Edna Valley wine pioneer Andy Macgregor (Wolff purchased the property from Macgregor in 1999), the vineyard is the oldest in the Edna Valley. Mount Eden has made Chardonnay from this vineyard since 1985. These mature vines typically yield two to four tons per acre.

The winemaking process is essentially the same as with Mount Eden’s Estate Chardonnay. The fruit is pressed without crushing and entirely barrel-fermented in a mix of new, two and three-year-old French Burgundy barrels. Full malolactic fermentation; aged eight months in barrel until bottling.

Tasting Notes: Full, lush tropical fruit dominates this wine’s aromas and flavors. Complex and heady on the palate, it is a premier example of Central Coast Chardonnay.

94 points
"The 2018 Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard from Edna Valley is pure, energetic and fresh this vintage. The nose is lovely, loaded with floral perfume and ripe citrus fruits. The palate is silky and expansive with a shimmering mineral character and a long, pure finish. It improved over the two to three days it was open and will benefit from a long decant. 4,256 cases produced."
Erin Brooks,
Wine Advocate
, February 2021
92 points
"The 2018 Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard is bright, nuanced and so expressive. Lemon peel, tangerine oil, dried flowers, chamomile and orchard fruit accents give the 2018 a striking sense of translucence. Bright and sculpted, the 2018 is outright fabulous. This old-vine, low-yielding site produces a Chardonnay of real distinction. Harvest took place in late October."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, September 2020

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