Atlas is a new generation farming company with over 40 years of combined expertise farming and developing vineyards around the world. Atlas respects and honors traditional farming practices but also actively seeks and implements innovative ideas and concepts.
The moderate coastal climate created a beautiful growing season that made it possible for winemakers to express their unique styles. Chardonnay and California have a well-known and longstanding love affair, and when everything lines up, the resulting wines are dynamic.
After reaching optimal ripeness, the Chardonnay clusters were harvested and gently pressed to preserve their aromatics. The juice was fermented 90% in barrels to enhance richness. The wine also completed malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. To increase flavor complexity, 10% of the 2013 Oro Bello Chardonnay was fermented at a cooler temperature in stainless-steel tanks. This fraction adds fresher aromas such as lime and grapefruit, and it did not undergo secondary fermentation. The Chardonnay was aged on select lees in 30% new oak barrels to increase body, richness and complexity.
With this Oro Bello Chardonnay, the subtle nuances evoke a feeling of warmth. Fruit aromas range from pineapple to kiwi with Meyer lemon notes. The mouthfeel is smooth yet fresh and balanced with well-integrated toasted oak.
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