Vineyard: Gallo's Santa Maria Rancho Real Chardonnay vineyard produced an excellent, high quality crop and our students produced a wine that helped to further the objectives of our program. Not only that, it furthered the relationship with the donor, E & J Gallo, and spurred them to a greater interest in our Enology and Viticulture Program and to increase their level of donation.
Tasting Notes: Rich aromas of green apple, pear, and pineapple are complemented by a bouquet of French, Hungarian, and American Oak. These oak barrels and barrel fermentation produce wonderful smells of nutmeg, toasty vanilla, and a floral yeasty character. On the palate, it is full and rich for a Chardonnay with bright acidity and flavors of lemon drop, green apple, and mineral on the finish.