The 2014 Mandolin Monterey Chardonnay grapes are sourced from vineyards in the famous Santa Lucia Highlands region of Monterey County. Here the high winds, dry days and bay fogs create a cool, long growing season perfect for Chardonnay. This beautiful Chardonnay has a nice complex mixture of tropical fruit and a touch of green apple. The crisp acidity and great mouthfeel lead on to a long finish. The price is $10.
The 2013 Mandolin Monterey Pinot Noir is also from Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County. This wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. The result is a ruby wine with aromas and flavors of red fruit including cherry and raspberry coupled with a nice touch of spice, cedar, leather and a bit of earthiness. The price is $12.
A mandolin is an instrument from the lute family that is noted for its brilliant tone and great carrying power. Mandolin wines reflect on their namesake as their fruit from the California Central Coast delivers full fruit flavors and great carrying power. Mandolin Vintners is a collaboration between winemaker Philip Zorn and wine executive Brent Shortridge. Philip Zorn, American-born and raised in Germany graduated from the highest rated enology school in Germany and has expanded his knowledge at several wineries in California, including Sunny St. Helena, Gauer Estate, Paraiso Springs and Tria. Shortridge began his winemaking career under legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff at Buena Vista Winery. He eventually left the cellar to become vice president of marketing for Buena Vista.
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