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2019 Tondre Barrel Aged Chardonnay

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2019 Tondre Barrel Aged Chardonnay
2019 Tondre Barrel Aged Chardonnay

 Grapes from the Tondre Grapefield are barrel fermented and aged for over 1 year in new French oak. This wine develops into a crisp and smooth white wine with aromas of honeydew, Asian pear and orange blossom. 



Tasting notes

Produced in a more traditional french fashion, this oaked Chardonnay balances ML fermentation with oak aging to create a crisp and smooth white wine with aromas of honeydew, light toast and creme fraiche. On the palate, our 2019 Chardonnay displays a harmonious blend of asian pair, orange blossom and hints of starfruit, finishing with a hint of pie crust. 

Production notes

Production Process:

  • Grapes are harvested in the beginning-middle of September. They are hand picked and hand sorted at the vineyard.
  • Grapes are destemmed and softly crushed. The must is pressed immediately gently separated from its skins.
  • 24 hour cold soak begins and then fermentation begins at a controlled temperature in French Oak.
  • ML Fermentation occurs with on lees aging in our stainless steel barrels with French oak staves. Stirring occurs 4-6 times a day. 
  • The wine is then transferred to stainless steel where clarification and body stability concludes.
  • Finally, the Chardonnay is transferred back into New French Oak for up to 12 months for final aging and stability. 
  • Once bottled, we age another 3-6 months before releasing for enjoyment. 
Other notes

Food Pairing Notes: 

Pairs best with subtle spices and buttery dishes such as Crab Legs, chicken alfredo, sweet potatos and butternut squash or any dish with a silky texture. Lobster is a winning match for this wine. 

Serving Temperature: 45-55°F

Enjoy it within: 5 years (can be cellared up to 10 years)

Recommended Glass: Full White

Download Wine Notes
Varietal Composition100% SLH Chardonnay
AppellationSanta Lucia Highlands
VineyardTondre Grapefield
Harvest Date09/14/2019
Aging1 year New French Oak
Residual Sugar0.05
Wine Stylebarrel aged
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date04/19/2021
Cases Produced100
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginCalifornia
Artificially CarbonatedNo
Sparkling WineNo

In 1997, Tondré Grapefield was planted on 6 ½ acres. It has grown to 104 acres and rests in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highland Appellation, Monterey County.

Joe Alarid currently farms a wide range of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones to ensure that there is a medley of fruit and sufficient Tondré pedigree character to suit vintner stylistic preferences.  He also grows a very limited amount of Syrah and Riesling.  Included in the broad spectrum of Pinot Noir plantings are clones 115, Pommard 4, 777, 943, 667, 828 and Swan.  Chardonnay clones include 76, 96, 543 and New York.

Vignerons regard the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation as one of the crown jewels of California agriculture for Pinot and Chardonnay grapes.  The importance and interdependence of combining grower and vintner is omnipresent for wine quality assurance and protection of a vineyard designation vintage by vintage.  Joe carefully chooses vignerons to ensure that wines made from Tondré Grapefield fruit are among the premier wines of the Santa Lucia Highland appellation.

This distinguished appellation has protruding, southeast-facing slopes, strong maritime influences from Monterey Bay and ancient glacial soils consisting of decomposed granite, gravel and sandy loam. The unique location of Tondré Grapefield allows the grapes to have an extended “hang time”, meaning more sunlight on the vine, more grape ripening and sufficient cool-down in the evening to firm up the fruit’s natural acidity. Tondré Grapefield vines have deep soil penetration and mineral extraction giving the grapes distinctively intense flavor.

Katy Carroll Jones was born in Truckee, CA and is the daughter of Russ Jones. Growing up in Truckee, she also became an avid skier, enjoying downhill early in life and then cross country and biathlon competitively. She graduated from Truckee High, and went on to go to college at Gonzaga University. She met her husband while working as a server at Garwoods (he was the chef at the time). They have a lovely house in Truckee and two gorgeous dogs. She still skis often with the family, and enjoys overlanding and rock crawling in their family Jeep Rubicon. She has grown up in the winery (literally) and for 30 years has had a hand in all aspects of the wine business. She started working full time for Truckee River Winery in 2009, when the "Ranch" was opened on Brockway Road. She was one of the first tasting room associates of the winery. Over the years, her roles and duties increased and she became the first Director of Sales and Marketing, bookkeeper, Event Coordinator and Wine Club manager, among other titles. In 2015, she became the General Manager of Truckee River Winery and in 2017 became the White Winemaker and part owner. She loves making all the white wines, and has enjoyed increasing the white wine program. Her Rose varietals are a point of pride and her Pinot Grigio Rose is a fun and lovable wine for all.

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