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Dog Ear pays homage (respect, honor, praise) to the famous writers of Monterey. With the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson, John Steinbeck, Henry Miller and others, Monterey was a hotbed of creative writing. While we can’t be certain which side of the dog ear debate they chose (hands off the first editions!), we do know they were great writers.
Head Winemaker: Alison Crowe
Appellation: 100% California
Dog Ear Monterey Chardonnay is rich, opulently textured and from some of the best vineyard sites in Monterey. Enjoy with a good read-you decide whether to “dog ear” or not.
We picked individual vineyard blocks with the perfect balance between ripeness, sweetness, acidity and flavor and then fermented them separately. This wine went through 85% complete malo-lactic fermentation in order to preserve a little bit of acidity and “zing” while that amount of MLF allowed a wonderful creaminess and roundness to suffuse the wine. The lots were then oak-aged with a mix of medium and medium + French oak. Aromas of dulce de leche, honeysuckle, and ripe apple paired with a subtle vanilla show the nuanced oak treatment. There is freshness yet balance in the flavors of ripe peach, bosc pear and Gravenstein apple which give way to an incredibly long finish.
Planted on bench lands and sandy, well-drained sites in Monterey County, our vineyards dip in and out of the fog line during the ripening season. Because we control the winemaking process from vineyard block to bottle, we are able to showcase the Monterey AVA in this bottle.