Conway Family Wines
2008 Deep Sea Chardonnay
California: Central Coast
What We Say
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Mission Codename: The Deep White Sea
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Infiltrate Conway Family Wines, secure an ample allocation of their exceptional Deep Sea Central Coast Chardonnay for our Operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Conway Family Wines
Wine Subject: 2008 Chardonnay – Central Coast
Winemaker: Andrew Adam and Jonathan Medard
Backgrounder: California’s Central Coast region, and specifically Santa Barbara and San Luis Obisbo County has become one of the state’s premier regions for Chardonnay. The generally warmer climate, moderated by the coastal fog, its sandy and clay loam soil, and broad exposure results in Chardonnay of exceptional character.Today’s Chardonnay is truly representative of the the best that region has to offer
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – A beautiful and glistening pale golden, this wine maintains its color out to the edges of the glass. With a springy surface that settles quickly, this wine leaves behind tight clusters of skinny legs that are slow to emerge before they crawl down the glass
Smell – On opening, this wine delivers a sweet rush of Meyer lemon and zest. These are followed closely by of aromas of pear, green apple and soft citrus flower. After some swirling, the wine opens up to reveal an under-layer of yeasty bread dough, vanilla candy, soft cinnamon, fig, sweet oak with flinty minerals
Feel – Plush, soft and round, this wine glides across the mid-palate where it settles in as fine tannins add a bit of dryness and complexity
Taste – Complex, delicious and well balanced with bright fruit that mirrors the nose. These are set against more serious Burgundian style flavors with earthy apple skin, flint, toasty oak, vanillan and soft spice
Finish – This wine finishes long, plush, zesty and flavorful with clean and long-lingering flavors that are supported by great acidity and mineral components
Conclusion – To get the maximum enjoyment from this great wine, please be sure to decant for at least 30 minutes prior to drinking, and, do not drink the wine too cold. This is a wine that is best enjoyed somewhere between cooler temperature and room temperature. With a great nose and deep flavors, this is a complex and very delicious wine that has us taking keen notice of Conway. Enjoy this wine with almost any meal. We enjoyed our sample bottles with a baby arugula salad, green beans and baked potatoes. Absolutely perfect! Be sure to stock up for your holiday gatherings. Cheers!
Intel Briefing, Conway Family Wines, Arroyo Grande, CA:
- Specializes in crafting the selection of wines, focusing on creative blends and single varietals, inclusive of Rhône varieties, chardonnay and zinfandel.
- The winemaking philosophy is to protect the integrity of the grapes bringing the fruit’s intrinsic qualities to full expression in the wine. We also strive to capture the specific terroir for each varietal in the final wine, from the ranch estate to the maritime appellations throughout California.
- Winemaker Andrew Adam specializes in Rhône style wines and had been making wine on the Central Coast for ten years.
- Winemaker Jonathan Medard originally from Épernay, France, offers his European expertise in Burgundy and Bordeaux varieties.
- Enologist Adrienne St John gained her experience growing up in a winemaking family and managing laboratories in California, conducting daily analysis of wines.
- Cellar Master Daniel Placencia supports the daily activities of production.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The location of Conway Family Wines can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
THE 2008 DEEP SEA CHARDONNAY is golden and clear. The nose shows a mix of fresh citrus, with a background of pear and apple, fresh dough and honey, all layered with some minerality. The smooth entrance shows a soft, balanced wine with notes of citrus, apple tart, and just enough oak to add another layer of complexity that includes vanilla and toffee, complemented with crisp acidity.
About The Winery:
Conway Family Wines is based in Arroyo Grande, California at the historic Rancho Arroyo Grande property.
The Conway family has assembled a team of winemakers and viticulturists who share a mutual goal to create outstanding California wines. The shell icon, emblematic of the fossil rich soils of the ranch, represents the family’s dedication to quality.
About Deep Sea:
Deep Sea represents our ongoing search for maritime influenced vineyards of merit and singularity. These wines reflect their origins and the impact of California’s coastal climate.
California’s appellations are ideally influenced throughout the growing season by the unique climes created by the Pacific Ocean. The ethereal ‘fog-like wave’ on the label references the focus of Deep Sea wines showcasing the impact of this natural cooling on some of California’s most recognized maritime appellations.
Appellation: Central Coast
Varietals: Chardonnay 98%, Viognier 2%
Date Harvest Ended: Sept to mid-Oct 08
Harvest Method: Hand harvested
BRIX at Harvest: 24.0 – 27.4
Fermentation: 93% inoculated / 63% Stainless Steel Tanks,
37% French Oak barrels
Cooperage: French Oak: 81% new, 19% used
Barrel Aging: 2.5 month
Malolactic Fermentation: Yes
Bottled: May 2009