A richly textured Chardonnay from Monterey's Arroyo Seco AVA. The cool climate and rocky soils are just perfect for this Californian Chardonnay.
Arroyo Seco is a small appellation in the center of Monterey County's Salinas Valley. It's famous for growing Chardonnay grapes full of tropical fruit and refreshing acidity. These grapes thrive in a mix of gravelly and sandy loam soils, developing complexity in one of California’s longest growing seasons. Warm mid day sun coupled with cool afternoon winds from Monterey Bay intensify the fruit flavors and allow the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.
California Sustainable Vineyard & Winery
50% Barrel fermented followed by 8 months of barrel aging in 65% French oak, 35% American oak
50% Stainless steel fermented followed by 8 months of barrel aging in 50% French oak, 50% American oak
100% Malolactic fermentation
This creamy, layered Chardonnay features aromas of crème brulee, golden apples and toasted marshmallows. The palate reveals tropical fruit and pineapple flavors complemented by a velvety texture and rich, buttery finish.
Perfect with roasted chicken and rosemary.
The name Austerity refers to going back to basics in the winemaking process, discarding all the unnecessary frills and approaching wine with a focus on grape quality and sincerity. The Austerity Pinot Noir uses grapes from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, a particularly well-known area of Monterey. Santa Lucia Highlands, home of many renowned wineries that produce first-rate Pinot Noirs, has all the ideal conditions for growing grapes, including some of the longest growing periods in California, well-drained hillside vineyards, morning mists and plenty of sunshine in the afternoon. The small berries have strong structures and rich, concentrated flavors. Austerity Chardonnay, on the other hand, uses grapes from Arroyo Seco, a small AVA next to Santa Lucia Highlands in the Monterey AVA. The sandy loam soil, which contains plenty of grit, results in a fresh tanginess and complex flavors, and the ocean breezes which blow in from Port Monterey cool the air warmed throughout the day and allow the grapes to mature slowly.
Austerity Wine is one of the brands belonging to the group started by former CEO of Golden State Vintners Jeff O’Neill and several managers of family-owned wineries. Respecting the characteristics and production methods of each brand, the winemakers grow grapes according to strict conditions, carefully observing the grapes to see when they are ready for harvest, before turning them into high quality wine.