Our Twisted Paso Chardonnay is made from a blend of our Estate Calcareous Vineyard and the McCall Vineyard. Our Estate Chardonnay is known for producing bright wines with lively acidity. The McCall Vineyard is on the eastside of Paso Robles, and produces rich, dense Chardonnay. The combination of these different styles is what makes Twisted Paso Chardonnay unique.
The Calcareous Vineyard and McCall Vineyard ripen at different times. The Calcareous fruit is the first off the vine. It is transferred straight to press and the juice is settled for 48 hours. After settling, 25% of the juice is transferred to new American Oak barrels with the remainder going into a single stainless tank for fermentation. The McCall fruit is all whole-cluster pressed and fermented 100% in stainless steel. After completion of primary fermentation, the stainless lots are combined. The wine in oak barrel is allowed to complete malo-lactic fermentation to add some softness to the finished wine. After 5 months in barrel, it is blended with the stainless lot and prepared for bottling.
2013 was a warm, dry vintage which set in motion an early ripening of Chardonnay. Picking fruit that has not hung for too long creates great fruit-forward flavors with plenty of the vital acidity Chardonnay needs for structure and balance. This coupled with a healthy crop load made for a fantastic harvest for this white varietal.