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Chardonnay Route 121, Carneros – 2018

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  • Introduction

    • RouteStock creates wines from classic grape varieties grown along well-known routes in the world’s most respected wine regions. Tried, trusted and true to their routes, these wines are handcrafted by our winemakers to be approachable and a reliable favorite.

      Route 121 meanders through Carneros (“ram” in Spanish), a region once known for its sheep populations. On a drive down Route 121 you will pass many of the vineyards that supplied perfectly ripe grapes for this Carneros Chardonnay.

      Carneros is well-known as a cool-climate region, perfect for growing Chardonnay. The morning fog and afternoon breezes off the chilly San Pablo Bay cool the region, while the Napa and Sonoma valleys to the north heat it up. This heat causes the air to draw inland over Carneros, drying the vines of the moist morning fog. As night falls, the fog rolls in, protecting the vines from potential morning sun.

  • Vintage Report

    • Periods of rain and warmth were the pattern of late winter and early spring, leading to another early bud-break. Flowering was perfectly uneventful with a very healthy crop of chardonnay being set. After the early and warm spring, things evened out with a very “normal” summer, but with fewer days over 100 degrees than any time in recent memory. This gave us the unusual situation of sugars, acids and physiological ripeness progressing at the same rate on a parallel track. We harvested extremely healthy clusters of Chardonnay at the very end of August.

  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 8 months in 100% French oak with 12% being new
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 4,418 (12/750ml)
    • Alcohol: 13.8%
    • TA: 6.68 g/L
    • p H: 3.41
  • Tasting Notes

    • In an effort to keep the wine showing the exotic freshness that it showed in tank and barrel, we stopped malo-lactic fermentation about 75% of the way through, thus retaining higher acidity, freshness and vitality.

      The wine shows a beautiful light straw color with seductive aromas of lime blossoms, lemon thyme and ginger. The wine fills the pallet beautifully with a brightness combined ever so nicely with richness that also shows the Carneros regions strengths to the best degree. This gives way to an unusually long finish. The exotic flavors of this well-balanced Chardonnay are of Meyer lemon rind, jasmine tea and just a hint of pear that come together to deliver a wine of richness and power, yet with an amazing freshness.



  • Routestock Chardonnay Route 121, Carneros – 2018 – Wine Enthusiast – 90 Points

    This well-priced white is juicy in citrus and apple, with moderate oak and ample approachability. It will work at the table or in the glass as an apéritif, offering balanced acidity and well-integrated fruitiness.