2012 Paso Robles Chardonnay
California: Paso Robles
Kissed by the coast
The climate in west Paso Robles lends itself to fantastic Chardonnay. Conditions there mimic the conditions where white Burgundies are born. Hot days are followed by evenings of coastal fog that then cool the grapes. This puts just the right amount of stress on the vines, creating distinctive and delicious wines.
Today’s wine is a bright, fresh, tasty Chardonnay that we recommend as a fantastic company to a very wide array of food pairings. Enjoy as a first-course wine or with something more complex like a savory roasted herbed poultry dish.
This wine is delicious right out of the chiller, but if you allow the wine to warm slightly in the glass it really springs to life, revealing additional aromas and flavors.
At 50% off, today’s wine gets our heartiest recommendation.
Delicate, pale, golden hues radiating from its core to a slightly lighter rim.
Almost ethereal on the nose, with notes of Meyer lemon, white peach, and green apple overtop slight notes of brioche, nutmeg, and cardamom.
Crisp, bright, and wonderfully fresh, the palate is very reminiscent of the nose, with the added flavors of toasted almond and a subtle caramel.
Exceedingly delicate and refreshing, with a lingering finish of slightly caramelized baked apple on the back palate.
This versatile, food-friendly wine is easily paired with a wide variety of dishes. We might recommend a fresh prawn risotto served with asparagus and meyer lemon, with a sprinkle of asiago cheese overtop.
What the Winery Says
Adelaida’s 6 distinct family owned vineyards lie in the craggy hillside terrain of west Paso Robles, 14 miles from the Pacific coast. Ranging from 1500 – 1900 feet in elevation these low yielding vines are challenged by chalky limestone soils and afternoon blasts of cool marine air, a diurnal temperature swing of 40-45 degrees.
This wine uses 100% HMR Estate Vineyard fruit. Adelaida’s 5 acres of Chardonnay lies on the southwest, lower elevation corner of our HMR vineyard. These vines are the DNA offspring of the original planting from 1973, grafted and relocated to their present site in early 2005. Now a contiguous block, they are in the coolest part of the property. 2012 was a classic warm climate vintage for the Paso Robles region. Grapes were picked in early September, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented in neutral oak (3rd use) barrels. The wine spent 7 months in barrels with once a month lees stirring. On the palate it reflects a characteristic lacy and delicate fruit character, the contribution of our limestone inflected soils. Best served cool (not overly cold), drink now through 2015.
- Jeremy Weintraub
- Paso Robles, California
- HMR Estate Vineyard
- 7 months in oak with with once-a-month lees stirring
About the Winery
Adelaida Cellars’ family owned vineyards include five distinct properties totaling 168 acres in the craggy mountainous terrain of west Paso Robles. Only 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, these are steep and elevated sites (1,400 – 1,935 feet), characterized by chalk rock limestone soils. Afternoon blasts of cool coastal air create a daily microclimate that swings 40-50 degrees. Our diverse planting of 23 varieties emphasizes Rhône varieties, old vine Pinot Noir, dry farmed Zinfandel, and mountain style Cabernet Sauvignon. Stressed vines produce low yields of precise flavors.