Sea Bed Chardonnay 2019
Much of a grape’s distinctive character arises from the soil from which it is grown. This wine is named after the ancient seabed of the Edna Valley, presenting calcium-rich marine sediment from tiny shells deposited on the ancient estuary to calcareous limestone soils. The Chardonnay grapes thrive in these soils, producing a wine with depth and minerality as well as a crispness from the cool coastal climate. We preserve these natural characteristics by limiting the wine’s exposure to oak barrels. This new Chardonnay to the Tolosa lineup is a Wine Club exclusive and a delicacy for summer.
Notes and Pairing Suggestion from Bob Bath, MS:
"There’s something to be said for grace and elegance, and those descriptors are perfect for this wine. Very few wines achieve this and instead rely on drama created by over enthusiastic winemaking. In this case, the lovely restraint shown by winemaker Fred Delivert allows the “terroir” of our Edna Valley estate to be front and center. As the name suggests, there is a distinct minerality in this wine more reminiscent of Old World wines than New World; however, it’s the long, fruit laden finish of this wine that seems to say “I’m on the path to greatness” that makes this wine so compelling. I’m very comfortable watching this wine develop over the next ten years. Make sure to serve this wine about 55-60 degrees to fully appreciate its complexities. With food pairings, look for pure flavors in the dish like this recipe for grilled halibut."