Ghost Pines 2010 Chardonnay possesses expressive fruit‐forward characters, the result of sourcing only Premium fruit from three of California’s most recognized Chardonnay appellations: Sonoma, Monterey and Napa Counties. Modern winemaking techniques allow this wine to express characters of baked apple, pear and lemon cream accented by an elegant and sweet vanilla finish.
Wine Advocate 87 points - The 2010 Chardonnay went through 100% malolactic and was aged in oak stave containers, is composed of 61% Sonoma, 22% Napa and 17% Monterey fruit. Abundant notes of tropical fruit, orange marmalade and ripe peaches are found in this fruit-driven, medium-bodied, fresh, lively Chardonnay. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years. (Aug 2012)
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Wine maker notes
The grapes for Ghost Pines 2010 Chardonnay were whole cluster pressed to eliminate bitterness and to maximize fresh fruit characters. After press, the juice was settled for 12‐24 hours prior to being racked off the lees for fermentation. The juice was allowed to ferment for 2‐3 weeks at 60°F, and then 2‐4 weeks at cellar temperature, producing clean, expressive Chardonnay character. To create a richer, more complex mouthfeel, the wine underwent sur lies aging and was influenced by a combination of French and American oak. 100% of our Chardonnay completed malolactic fermentation, contributing a buttery texture along with deep, layered flavors.
Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: 60% Sonoma County, 18% Monterey County, 22% Napa County
Alcohol Content: 13.71%
Titratable Acidity: 0.51 g/100mL
Residual Sugar: 0.46 g/100mL
At the heart of every glass of Ghost Pines is the notion that world-class wines are made from quality grapes – grapes that span many appellations. An unconventional view against today’s backdrop of single-appellation wines, the Ghost Pines philosophy is a modern take on visionary winemaker Louis M. Martini’s approach to winemaking. In the 1930s, Martini didn’t think about appellation boundaries. He simply sought the best grapes from the best vineyards to craft his unforgettable wines, long before American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) were established in California.
Seventy-five years later, Napa’s historic Louis M. Martini Winery launched Ghost Pines to give Michael Eddy and a talented group of forward-thinking winemakers the freedom to blend the finest grapes across appellations. The result is a collection of sophisticated wines that illustrate the best characteristics of each varietal and region, balancing elegance with structure, intensity with nuance.
Echoing the unharnessed, free-form character of its namesake tree, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking: no boundaries, no limits.
The wines of Ghost Pines draw a veritable map of some of California’s most renowned wine appellations. Vintner Michael Eddy and his team of progressive winemakers search for the best grapes in Napa, Sonoma, Monterey and San Joaquin counties to make a remarkable collection of multi-appellation blends. Each glass of Ghost Pines wine illustrates the diverse topography, soil and climate of California’s most notable winegrowing regions.
The art and science of winemaking at Ghost Pines begins in the vineyard. That vineyard spans counties and appellations, meandering across hills and valleys, blooming under sun-drenched skies and rolling fog. Our winemakers vary in climate, soil, elevation and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Our wines bring to life the unique characteristics of each appellation.
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