Front label for Samuel Louis Smith 2022 Les Granitiers Chardonnay

2022 CHARDONNAY
Les Granitiers
GABILAN MOUNTAINS

$37

v.23 released Sept ’24

 

Terroir
Granitier
is the French term for a granite quarry worker, therefore an apt term for this wine hailing primarily (86%) from the granitic Coastview Vineyard. Situated on a ridgetop 2,300 ft up the Gabilan Mountains, it’s one of the most dramatically beautiful sites on the Central Coast. Chardonnay and cool-climate syrah thrive in the thin soils of decomposed granite with veins of limestone, producing wines with crunchy freshness and elegant structure. The remaining 14% comes from Pelio in the Carmel Coast, planted at 1,000 ft in diatomaceous shale, six miles from the ocean. Both vineyards are organically farmed.

Tasting
Pale gold. Orchard and citrus fruits, crushed rocks, and white flowers are followed by hints of pineapple, sea breeze, and toast. Light bodied with very lively acidity and smooth texture.

Tech
Alcohol 12.3%
pH 3.24
57% malolactic fermentation
Native fermentation started with a pied de cuve from the vineyard 
Alcoholic fermentation occurred in stainless steel and malolactic occurred in barrel
10 months élévage in 29% second-fill, 57% neutral, and 14% stainless steel barrels
Three and a half barrels • 84 cases produced 

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