2019 1NGREDIENT Chardonnay Ballard Canyon
A natural wine, fermented and aged on the skins for 10 months in amphora, then hand bottled and hand labelled. Learn more about our natural 1NGREDIENT label.
The color is reminiscent of a beautiful Santa Ynez Valley sunset - golden, copper, and orange. The nose is focused and complex with nutty apple, pear, citrus, and mineral aromas that evolve to reveal some butterscotch and caramel with air. It comes across much riper than a 12.7% alcohol Chardonnay. The mouth is very complex and interesting with bright, focused candied lemon, chalk (from the clay pots), lime, pear, apple, and mineral flavors. The texture exhibits a nice softness and roundness that is balanced by the grip from the tannins and acid providing a nice edge to the wines’ creaminess. While light on its feet, the wine is packed with flavor. The finish is stunning, lasting well over a minute where the citrus and mineral flavors slowly evolve into Asian pear and caramel notes. The bright acid helps keep the flavors pumping through the finish. This wine will easily age for 20+ years or more. Crafted from 100% certified biodynamic grapes.
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