Chardonnay


Chardonnay
Santa Barbara County, 2014


$26.00

The truly distinctive flavors from the cool Northern and Western extremes of Santa Barbara County come together in this bottle. Here, our love of blending has resulted in a marriage of exceptional fruit aromas with carefully balanced acidity, capturing the best qualities of the area. Honeydew melon, Asian pear, orange blossom, as well as citrus notes, are highlighted in this appealingly crisp white wine.

The grapes for our Santa Barbara County Chardonnay hail from two cool-climate vineyards within the County – Bien Nacido and Sierra Madre vineyards in Santa Maria Valley. After being pressed and settled, the juice was barrel fermented in a mixture of new (39%) and older French oak barrels. The lees were stirred for four months, and the wine underwent a full malolactic fermentation. The Chardonnay aged 10 months in barrel before being released in September 2015. 1,961 cases were produced.

Optimum Storage Conditions:
Constant temperature, 55-58° f, darkness

Aging Potential:
To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1-2 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 2-5 years of bottling date.

Vineyards:
Bien Nacido (54%), Sierra Madre (46%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol 13.8%, pH 3.15, ta 0.630 g/100ml

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Chardonnay
Santa Maria Valley Reserve, 2014


$36.00

Long before Chardonnay was widely produced throughout the United States, a small band of vintners from Santa Maria were experimenting with this classic varietal. They discovered that Santa Maria’s long, cool growing season and maritime influences create Chardonnays of greater dimension. Our Reserve reflects these qualities, and is tinged with the scent of fresh pineapple, lemon curd, and stone fruits.

The grapes for our Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay Reserve came from the famous Bien Nacido vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley appellation. After being pressed and settled, the juice was barrel-fermented in a mixture of new (41%) and older French oak barrels. After primary fermentation was completed, the Chardonnay then went through total malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred over a 4-month period with a total barrel aging time of 10 months. The wine was bottled on July 24, 2015. Only 516 cases were produced.

Optimum Storage Conditions:
Constant temperature, 55-58° f, darkness

Aging Potential:
To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1-2 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 2-5 years of bottling date.

Vineyards:
Bien Nacido (100%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol: 13.6%, pH: 3.22, ta: 0.668 g/100ml

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