Localization: Santa Lucia Highland, Monterey, California, USA
Tasting Notes: Pale straw, light golden hue. Lemon meringue, honeydew melon along with tropical pineapple, kiwi, lychee, and guava. A flirty balance of fruit, delicate white jasmine flower, and salty sea. Creamy mouthfeel coupled with structurally integrated fruit throughout the sip. Fruit note reminiscent of green apple, pear, pineapple, candied peach, and nectarine. Soft florals balanced with a brined mid-palate acidity, mouth-watering finish that showcases the bright fruit.
The Domain: A family-run winery, Caraccioli Cellars takes pride in developing wines that deliver an expression true to vintage and site. Founded in 2006, Caraccioli Cellars’ commitment starts in the vineyard through our utilizing solely Santa Lucia Highlands’ grapes. We aim to highlight the quality of our local Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes by producing fruit-centric still wines, and Brut and Brut Rosé in our sparkling wine program. Michel Salgues, previously head winemaker at Roderer Estate, is our head winemaker and through his techniques and expertise, the family vision is precisely executed.
Through light-handed winemaking, we aim to achieve elegance through rigorous control. Looking to showcase vintage variation our wines receive minimal manipulation, and in 2015 all wines produced will be 100% estate coming from Escolle. Elimination of outside grape sources only supports our efforts to heighten control in every way possible. The maturation of Escolle gives us the opportunity to fully control every decision that will be made at the vineyard.