2022 CASTLE ROCK Chardonnay Central Coast

CASTLE ROCK Chardonnay Central Coast

¥2,420 (incl. tax)

From vineyards along the Central Coast comes this juicy and affordable Chardonnay. Because of the maritime climate of sunshine, fog and ocean breezes, wines from this region balance intense flavors with bright acidity. In 2022, Central Coast vineyards fared better than those in inland regions where September heat spikes challenged winemakers at the end of the growing season. Longer “hangtime” enhanced the acidity in the fruit, producing an elegant Chardonnay with a rich, ripe and fruity character. Try it with fish, poultry, and lightly sauced entrees.

Winery


Winery Description

Producing low-priced wine is not difficult in California – as long as one uses undistinguished central valley grapes. Yet Castle Rock Winery sells premium, handcrafted wines from the best appellations in California, Oregon and Washington at prices that match those wines labeled “California.” Castle Rock Winery’s secret to providing “appellation wines at affordable prices” is to operate as a kind of “virtual winery,” owning neither its own vineyards nor a winery. Instead it maintains close, long-term relationships with around forty growers in such areas as Monterey County, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Willamette Valley and Colombia Valley and leases state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in all three states. Winemaker August "Joe" Briggs works closely with the growers to ensure they produce the best quality fruit while overseeing the winemaking at the same time. This unique method of operating allows Castle Rock to avoid the “money pits” of land and fancy buildings that sink many wineries and focus everything on securing the best grapes and crafting delicious wines. Since the beginning in 1994, Castle Rock has focused particularly on Pinot Noir, making distinct bottlings from such key Pinot districts as Carneros, Russian River Valley and Willamette Valley. However, over the years the winery has also branched out into other popular varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Riesling. Though an oft-repeated wine country adage goes, “it takes a fortune to make a small fortune in the wine business,” Castle Rock Winery has shown there is a way to make captivating wines for the discerning drinker without deep pockets. 

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Central Coast
Winery Castle Rock
Vintage 2022
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.0
Case Size 34.0 x 25.0 x 31.0
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code CA22CH
UPC 083837005769

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

91 points (2021 vintage) – Wine Enthusiast. 

A rich and fruity wine with aromas and flavors of vanilla, pear, citrus and melon with subtle hints of oak. 

Production


Vinification

Fermentation and aging were carried out primarily in stainless steel tanks, with a small amount of the wine seeing some time in older barrels.

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