Chardonnay


Chardonnay
Santa Barbara County, 2015

91 Jeb Dunnuck – 2017
90 Vinous – September 2017
90 Wine Advocate – September 2017


$28.00

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 April 2017. 1,582 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 (72%), Sierra Madre (28%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol 14.4%, pH 3.25, ta 0.751 g/100ml

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Chardonnay
Santa Maria Valley Reserve, 2016

92 Vinous – September 2017
92 Wine Advocate – April 2018
92 Wine Enthusiast – 2018
92 Wine Spectator – 2018


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

The grapes for our Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay Reserve came from the famous Bien Nacido snd Sierra Madre vineyards 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 637 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:
Sierra Madre (54%), Bien Nacido (46%)

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol 14.4%, pH 3.41, ta 0.718 g/100ml

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Chardonnay
Mt. Carmel Vineyard, 2016

93+ Wine Advocate – September 2017
92 Wine Enthusiast – 2018


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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 December of 2017.

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.

Vintage: 2016
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
Grower/Ranch: Mt. Carmel Vineyard
Bottling Date: July 14, 2017
Cases Produced: 108 cases
Bottle analysis:
Alcohol: 14.2%, pH: 3.44, TA: 0.640g/ml

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