flavors of tropical PINEAPPLE and GRANNY SMITH APPLE

2015 José S. Ferrer Selection Chardonnay

About the wine

José named Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards to honor his loving wife. In turn, we named our finest Chardonnay to honor José.

The most exceptional blocks from our 335-acre Carneros vineyard are selected each vintage for this bottling. The 2015 José S. Ferrer Chardonnay was produced in limited quantity and is only available through the winery.

The growing season of 2015 brought some challenges to our harvest.  The spring brought us very early bud break but fortunately no frost.  However during bloom the weather turned cold and rainy which resulted in the vines setting a very small crop.

Between the small crop, the early budbreak and bloom the warm summer the fruit ripened to a near record early harvest. With the small crop and good weather the vines produced grapes with excellent concentration and intense character.

The nose opens up with tropical pineapple and granny smith apple with a hint of baking spice. The fruit and spice continue into the mouth adding mandarin citrus and crisp acidity with a hint of sweet French oak which continue into the long finish.

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Wine Enthusiast (2017)

Food Pairing

lemon pastaThe mixture of tropical fruit and green apple formulate a delightful mixture of bright fruit in this exceptional wine. Try sautéed red snapper with a citrus reduction and crispy garden leeks. Roast pork loin with grilled pineapple will match well with the kiss of sweet oak which is prevalent in this chardonnay. Hard cheddar or aged Gouda with green apple slices will make your palette sing.

More Chardonnay food pairings & recipes on our blog, The Glorious Life.