Catalina Chardonnay
Santa Catalina Island Vineyards, 2017

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


Santa Catalina Island's El Rancho Escondido was founded by Alison's family in 1930, and for decades was a working Arabian horse ranch. After Geoff and Alison's first date there - some 33 years ago - they began to dream of planting a small vineyard overlooking the ocean in the pastures where horses once grazed. That long-standing dream is now represented in this bottle.

The classic cool-climate conditions and clay loam soils that exist on Catalina Island make it a world-class site for Chardonnay. The resulting wine exhibits old-world, silky complexity, including bright, light vanilla flavors with hints of minerality, and aromas of California's famed citrus and white flowers.

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

Aging Potential:
To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1-3 years of bottling date. For extended aging under ideal conditions, consume within 3-10 years of bottling date.

Rusack, Santa Catalina Island Vineyards

Bottle analysis:
Alcohol 13.5%, pH 3.32, ta 0.648 g/100ml


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