Santa Maria Valley Reserve, 2016

92 Vinous – September 2017
92 Wine Advocate – April 2018
92 Wine Enthusiast – 2018
92 Wine Spectator – 2018
91 Jeb Dunnuck – 2018


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.

Sierra Madre (54%), Bien Nacido (46%)

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

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