Chardonnay


Chardonnay
Santa Barbara County, 2017

90 Vinous – 2019
90 Wine Advocate – 2019
90 Jeb Dunnuck – 2019


$30.00

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 a cool-climate vineyard within the County – Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley. After being pressed and settled, the juice was barrel fermented in a mixture of new (28%) 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 Winter of 2019. 1,068 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 13.8%, pH 3.40, ta 0.629g/100ml

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Chardonnay
Bien Nacido Vineyard, 2017

94 Vinous – 2019
93 Wine Enthusiast – 2019
93 Jeb Dunnuck – 2019
92 Wine Spectator – 2019
91+ Wine Advocate – 2019


$40.00

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 vibrant scents of ripe stone fruits, Meyer lemon, and orange zest. 

The grapes for this Chardonnay came from the famous Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley appellation. After being pressed and settled, the juice was barrel-fermented in a mixture of new (59%) 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. Only 512 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 13.8%, pH 3.42, ta 0.602g/100ml

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Chardonnay
Mt. Carmel Vineyard, 2017

94 Vinous – 2019
93+ Jeb Dunnuck – 2019
92 Wine Enthusiast – 2019
91 Wine Advocate – 2019


$55.00

The grapes for this Chardonnay hail from the centrally located Mt. Carmel Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Upon delivery at our winery in the early morning, the grapes were gently pressed, and the resulting juice was then transferred to a mixture of new and older French oak barrels. In barrel, the lees were stirred for four months, and the wine underwent full malolactic fermentation. Our Mt. Carmel Chardonnay was aged ten months in barrel before being released in Summer of 2019.

Sta. Rita Hills has fast become a recognized region for growing exception Burgundian varietals, and our Mt. Carmel Vineyard Chardonnay is a classic example of the ultra-premium quality that this area can produce. This delicate Chardonnay opens with a bouquet of lively aromas reminiscent of lemon curd, dried apricot and lemon blossom, while bright acidity and a smooth finish follow through on the palate.

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:
Mt. Carmel Vineyard (100%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol 13.1%, pH 3.49, ta 0.588 g/100ml

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