Yes, tomorrow night’s First Friday event at our Monte Bello Estate is indeed going to be a special affair; after all, a rare three-vintage vertical of the already-elusive Carmichael doth not row down thy river very often …
(For more about this special vertical tasting opportunity, please click here)
But that ain’t all the tasting that’s fit to pour!
We’ll also be sharing a very new, VERY elusive offering: the new vintage of our Mikulaco Chardonnay! 2011, to be exact …
Not unlike the Yeti, many have heard its name, know its legend, ponder its existence. Few claim to have seen it, many have been confounded in their search. For some, a dream haunter, for others, a waking passion.
But for now, for all, for you.
2011 Chardonnay Mikulaco
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Tart citrus fruits, green apple, lean, briny/sea salt & mineral. A perfect for pairing with hog island oysters and a baguette.
~The Mikulaco family came to Monte Bello in the late 1930s, and planted a small vineyard in 1982. Ridge began farming it in the mid-nineties, limiting crop yields to improve quality. Unusually cold weather in 2011 gripped the vineyard, delaying bud-break and bloom by a month; harvest was on October 17. Wholecluster pressed, the juice was sent to barrel for natural yeast primary fermentation. In spring, during malolactic, the barrels were stirred once a week. When blind-tasted with our estate parcels, the wine’s unique vineyard character was evident. Showing wonderfully scented cool-climate fruit and firm acid, the Mikulaco chardonnay will be at its best over the next three to five years. EB (9/12)~