2014 Riverview Vineyard Metz Road
This single vineyard Chardonnay from the cool hills just in land from Monterey is a joy once again in 2014. There is something very Maconnais here - of course there is a brilliant breadth to the firm peachy fruit, some gently spiced apple and citrus juiciness. Good flesh - but not too much at all. The Scheid family team have done it again, this is almost more Pouilly Fuissé than California. Very stylish stuff and a surprisingly sensible price for a wine of this quality from this super Californian wine region. L&S (Dec 2017)
*Case price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
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.
You know, you can be too traditional. Ring the changes, ditch the claret, bin the Burgundy, say "non" to Europe. Since Columbus sailed the ocean blue back in 1492 there's been a New World, and that New World is keen to sell us wine. Fragrant New Zealand Sauvignon, gutsy Californian Zinfandel, elegant Argie Pinot Noir, surprisingly elegant Australian and some new and exciting Monterey Chardonnay await. Tuck in.
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