2019 Sebastiani Steel Chardonnay, Carneros
Our 2019 Steel Chardonnay from Carneros is pale gold with vibrant green edges in the glass. Succulent aromas of crisp apple and citrus fill the nose. On the palate this wine is bright and crisp with a smooth finish.
Food Pairing Notes
It is an ideal accompaniment to seafood dishes, with enough heft to pair with chicken or pork as well.
The grapes were hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed in small lots. The lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks at cold temperatures for 20 days to capture more aromatics and esters. We prevented the wine from going through malolactic fermentation to retain its natural acidity. The light lees were stirred once a month to gain additional texture and yeast autolysis flavors.
Our Steel Chardonnay is sourced from the Marcucci Vineyard in Carneros. The cooler, windy climate and dense soils of Carneros are excellent conditions for Chardonnay. We picked at optimal ripeness, selecting only the best lots for higher quality and better control. Our main focus for this wine was to emphasize the bright acidity and crisp style that define steel Chardonnay. The 2019 growing season started later than usual in many California wine regions. A wet spring followed by cool temperatures allowed the grapes to mature gradually. Cool temperatures continued throughout the growing season resulting in longer hang time and lower sugar yields. Vintners are praising the full flavors, fresh acidity and superb balance of the 2019 vintage.