Subject to Change BANG BANG Chardonnay, ripe, tart and creamy all at once, yum.
Bang Bang is sort of a flag ship wine for Alex. Yes he makes all these crazy exciting wild playful field blends,(DISCO) but then, because he really loves it, he makes this serious Chardonnay.
The fruit for this Chardonnay comes from the Coastview Vineyard - a 2,400 ft elevation site in the Gabilan Mountains overlooking the Monterey Bay. This is the only vineyard that they work with outside of Mendocino, so it's very special to Alex. STC foot crush the whole clusters, leave them on the skins for a day before pressing into neutral barrels for fermentation. After 8 months on the lees, the wine is racked off the lees to finish in stainless steel before bottling.
Aroma: lemon zest, lemon meringue, some white grapefruit, a little bit of beeswax, some cooked pineapple fruit, tart white peach. This is tour de force Chardonnay: racy and expressive and exuberant but also ripe and lush and luxurious all at the same time!
Taste: lemon zesty and pithy up front, then some mango and peach followed by a midpalate with some creamy flavors from malolactic fermentation, a lot of flint and focus, and some strong crunchy apple flavors: like sweet crunchy apples in the late autumn that are ripe and tart all at once.