Carpe Diem Chardonnay

Mendocino County, California, United States

Vintage:2021 (Current)

2020 (Past) |

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Carpe Diem Chardonnay  2021
  • WS 89


Wine Spectator 89 Points July 31, 2023, MaryAnn Worobiec

Shows mouthwatering pineapple, lemon curd and green apple flavors that are focused and intense, with salted lime and generous fragrant notes of citrus zest. Reveals a hint of apple skin on the finish. Drink now.


Carpe Diem Chardonnay is produced in northern California‘s Mendocino County, a fog-shrouded region located a stone's throw from the Pacific coast. This proximity to the ocean, combined with the abundant California sunshine, provides ideal growing conditions for these delicate grapes.

Vinified under the meticulous supervision of Domaine Anderson‘s winemaker Darrin Low, Carpe Diem‘s philosophy is to offer the best of two worlds: the richness of California fruit and the elegance of a French wine.


Picked at night to conserve cool temperatures before loading and pressing grapes whole cluster. Deep-End Anderson Valley grapes and select cool sites near Ukiah are at the core of the vineyard sources for the Carpe Diem Chardonnay. 90% of the wine fermented in small oak barrels and 10% fermented in stainless steel to conserve freshness. 100% native bacteria malolactic fermentation. No new oak used, 13% one-fill barrels. Aged for 10-months in cellar before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Pale-gold hue, reminiscent of dry straw. Fresh aroma notes of honeydew melon and ripe apple. On the palate: crisp, textured mouthfeel with a vibrant acidity, showcasing flavors of lime citrus and peach. Juicy character offers a soft, well-coated sensation striking a harmonious balance between crisp acidity, ripe and long finish.

Food Pairing

This Chardonnay will pair beautifully with grilled grilled swordfish with tomatoes, parsley, and lemon, roasted herb chicken, pasta alfredo, chicken tikka masala and blue cheese or Bleu d'Auvergne. 

Technical Information

Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Wine Alcohol: 13.6%

Titratable Acidity: 6.2 g/L

pH: 3.37

Harvest Start Date: September 1, 2021

Harvest End Date: September 2, 2021

Bottling Date: July 2022

New Oak: 9%