District 7 Chardonnay, Monterey 2018

Deep gold color; yellow apple, orange blossom, vanilla on the nose; pear, yellow apple, pineapple, citrus, vanilla, oak on the palate.

District 7 Chardonnay, Monterey 2018

Dry; 100% chardonnay from certified sustainable, estate vineyards in cooler regions of Monterey County. Foggy conditions and brisk winds enhance texture and structure. Average acidity (3.59 pH). Plenty of oak and malolactic butter notes, but not overdone. Aged 70% in stainless steel, 30% in French oak (30% new) for 10 months. Medium body. Good creamy viscosity and mouth feel. 13.5% ABV

This is label of Scheid Family Wines, an operation started by patriarch Al Scheid in 1972. In the beginning, Scheid only sold grapes to other wineries. It has grown into a successful family winery bottling five different labels: Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Metz Road, VDR, and Stokes’ Ghost. The District 7 label references the official regional designation by the State of California.

District 7 vineyard

District 7 takes pride in its commitment to sustainability, certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. The website notes: “Our family has farmed wine grapes in Monterey County, California since 1972. We are committed to cultivating a sustainable future from grapes to glass and as caretakers of our estate grown vineyards, we intend to do just that. Today, we are the proud stewards of 11 certified sustainable vineyards along with a state-of-the-art winery that is entirely powered by renewable wind energy. At our core, we strive to grow and produce delicious wines in a way that is good for the environment and good for our community.” Visit the website’s sustainability pages for inspiring full story.

District 7 Chardonnay, Monterey 2018 is made in traditional California chardonnay style. Tree fruits, oak and butter. Good everyday chard that can work at more sophisticated meals. Excellent QPR (quality-price ratio). Pair with chicken, including fried chicken; fish, seafood, shellfish; lighter meats—pork; eggs benedict; grilled veal chops; late summer vegetables; movie theater popcorn; cheddar cheese. Also works as solo sipper or social lubricant at a soireé. $18

District 7 Wines website

District 7 vineyard (from website)
District 7 drip irrigation
District 7 cover crops
District 7 low-impact farming
District 7 soil compacting prevention
District 7 natural pest management