The?Central Coast?AVA?in California covers the long stretch of coastline from San Francisco Bay south to Santa Barbara, and reaches inland from the Pacific Ocean to the borders of the?Central Valley. The climate and topography vary enormously across this immense region, making it impossible to generalize about winegrowing conditions.?Chardonnay?and?Pinot Noir?are the most important grapes planted in the region, but?Cabernet Sauvignon,?Zinfandel?and?Sauvignon Blanc?make up a sizable chunk of the wines produced here.
The grapes were harvested throughout the early morning to ensure the fruit was kept cool for fermentation, and were picked at the peak of ripeness. The grapes were de-stemmed and cold soaked prior to fermentation for optimal extraction of color and flavor. A percentage of the must underwent natural fermentation and the remainder was inoculated with a mixture of yeast strains for complexity. The ...?click for more details