For many years, Clos Julien has been my go-to wine for that first-sip wow factor. The CJ team has an incredible knack of finding some of the most amazing vineyard sources – many just off the critical radar – allowing me to provide customers with immense value (for a while, until everyone else catches up).
This year, they snuck into the blazingly hot San Luis Obispo Coast AVA – a few weeks ahead of the Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) declaring it the newest official appellation.
The new region is being called out from the surrounding region as being a Burgundian grape-growing paradise. The main influence is the proximity to the Pacific, which according to weather data has this clocking in as the coolest AVA in the state. The enormous diurnal temperature swings and Pacific wind create the perfect conditions for the highest quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
So for this vintage only – we have our favorite Chardonnay from the SLO-Coast (locals call it the ‘Slow Coast’ labeled with the much larger Edna Valley AVA, and for our trouble, we’ve got it at half the price of what they wine will sell for when released under the new official AVA!
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Delicious by itself as an aperitif but a fantastic foil to the cuisine of summer, scallops, grilled poultry, and summer corn.