Stephen Ross Chardonnay Edna Valley 2019
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Edna Valley
SUBREGION: San Luis Obispo County
VINEYARDS: 64% Greengate, 18% Fire Peak, 18% Bee Sweet
PRACTICE: Organic, ethical farming
VINIFICATION: Classic Burgundian methods – hand harvested, barrel fermentation, malolactic fermentation, lies stirring, sur lie aging for nine months in French oak. Whole cluster pressed prior to fermentation, unfiltered.
COLOR: Brilliant transparent pale straw
BODY: Light to Medium
PRIMARY AROMAS: Fresh baked brioche, pear, mango, vanilla, nutmeg
FLAVOR: Pleasant acid, balanced and lively, creamy finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Pair with a dinner of roasted chicken or seafood, mushrooms and thyme, or any poultry or seafood dish with butter or cream & lemon.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
In the summer of 1994, Stephen Ross Dooley started his label Stephen Ross at a custom crush winery in Santa Maria. By the next year he moved to Talley Vineyards to make his wines and in 1998 moved to Courtside Cellars in the Edna Valley – a large custom crush winery that Dooley designed and helped establish.
In 2001 he developed an estate vineyard planted exclusively to Pinot Noir in partnership with Talley Vineyards called Stone Corral Vineyard; it is located in the Edna Valley, a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA). Home to several well-known vineyards, the Edna Valley exemplifies the characteristic microclimate and geologic features, which are the hallmark of the south central coast; an east-west valley, which mitigates its temperate climate with cooling, ocean-borne breezes. This provides a long growing season ideal for the development of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Petite Sirah grapes.
More recently, in 2005 he invested in new winemaking equipment and moved to Santa Maria where he leased a winery building to make his wine directly under his control. In 2008 Stephen Ross moved to a new building at 178 Suburban Road , San Luis Obispo for wine production as well as a tasting room.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
The Edna Valley is located on the South Central Coast of California next to the town of San Luis Obispo. The valley spans in a Northwest to Southeast orientation and is open to the Pacific Ocean to the West; it lies in Southern California at 34 degrees latitude and receives an abundance of light from a “directly overhead” sun. The climate is strongly influenced by regular summer-time afternoon cool breezes coming from the Pacific Ocean. This is a unique climate of cool air temperature and intense sunlight.