Chardonnay

Chardonnay
Santa Barbara County, 2014

90 Wine Enthusiast – June2016


$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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