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2006 August West Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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August West

August West Wine is a partnership started in 2003 that takes its name from an old Grateful Dead Song, Wharfrat, in which a guy named August West is down on his luck and consoles himself with “Burgundy.” The trio behind August West are hardly down and out. They are vineyard specialist Gary Fransconi, winemaker Ed Kurtzman and businessman Howard Graham. Kurtzman’s resume includes winemaking stints at Bernardus, Chalone and Testarossa. August West makes Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Russian River Valley. Only about 1,000 cases are produced annually and most is sold through a mailing list. Syrah and Chardonnay are also produced.


United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a 12-mile long, narrow strip of an appellation wedged along the eastern hillsides of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Given its proximity to Big Sur and the Gabilan Mountain Range to the northeast, Santa Lucia a cool-climate wine growing district. Morning sun is often followed by maritime winds and fog in the afternoon, a weather pattern that prolongs the growing season and means long, gentle ripening of the grapes. Spanish missionaries planted vineyards in the district in the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that modern winemakers planted vineyards and began making high quality wine. The district received AVA status in 1991 and today there are 6,000 vineyard acres in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape planted, followed by Chardonnay and Riesling.


White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.