Lea Chardonnay Mormann 2014

Lea Chardonnay Mormann 2014

90 Points - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Each vintage the goal with the Lea Chardonnay is to make a wine that shows hints of the buttery notes of our French oak barrels without overwhelming the crispness and beautiful fruit of the Mormann vineyard located in the prestigious Sta. Rita Hills appellation. So far our solution, vintage after vintage, has been to age the wine in neutral oak barrels (2 years old and older) rather than new ones. The resulting wine shows nice but subtle notes of vanilla and butter along with a pronounced brightness, freshness and crisp minerality as well as a lush mouthfeel and long finish. Look for notes of white peaches, lemony citrus, pear, and nectarines.

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About this wine

Elegant fruit with white peaches, lemony citrus, pear, and nectarines leads to a rich palate and lemon cream finish. Pairs with grilled salmon, mushroom pasta dishes and roast chicken.

Wine profile

Wine Type
100% Chardonnay
Santa Barbara County
0.64 g/100ml

Vineyard Notes

These grapes were grown in the white sandy soils at Mormann Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills appellation.  The poor water retention and excellent drainage of these sandy soils lead to smaller berries, fewer clusters and more intense grapes that produce more intense wine.

Production Notes

Fermentation:  The grapes were picked in the cool morning and immediately pressed.  After chilling and settling the juice, the clear juice was racked into French oak barrels and fermented at a cool temperature to preserve the fresh fruit flavors while gaining roundness during barrel fermentation.  100% malo-lactic fermentation.

Cooperage / Aging:  The wine was aged for 4 months in 1-4 year old French oak barrels.

Winemaker Notes

Color:  medium straw

Aromas:  tropical, citrus with floral notes

Palate:  fresh tropical fruit flavors, rich mouthfeel, long fruit finish