2013 Riverview Vineyard Metz Road
This single vineyard Chardonnay from the cool hills of Monterey is a great new addition to our list. Very Maconnais in style - there is a brilliant balance of healthy rounded stone-fruit, some gently spiced apricot. Great flesh - but not too full on, not ripe - and a lovely toasty note - almost more Pouilly Fuissé than California, this is stylish stuff and a refreshingly sensible price. L&S (Jul 2016)
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Very much new-wave California Chardonnay from hills that catch the cool breezes of Monterey Bay. Elegant and rounded with apple and pear fruit, softly nutty, coffeeish oak and intriguing notes of dark chocolate and fresh fennel. Rating: 89 www.thewinegang.com (Dec 2016)
The philosophy behind Metz Road is simple: to craft a single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that capture the best of Monterey. Metz Road was created out of the Scheid family's desire to express the unique terroir of a single vineyard site. Each vintage, they select the top vineyard block to craft a wine that is true to the varietal and perfectly embodies the site-specific characteristics, they like to describe as 'the soul' of the vineyard. With 10 estate vineyards, they have an amazing selection of acres to work with from vintage to vintage. In fact, this project is a very precise and small element of the wine-making going on here - and is striving to be at the very highest level. They use less than 1% of the grapes the family grows for their Metz Road wines. The vines are farmed for ultra-premium quality and the grapes are hand-picked at optimum ripeness in the early morning. In the winery, the grapes are hand-sorted, the juice is fermented in small lots and the wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels. Our mantra is gentle handling and minimal intervention, allowing the distinctive terroir of a single vineyard site to shine.
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