2017 Estate Star Chardonnay
As many of you know, we are serious fans of Chardonnay grown in the Sta. Rita Hills and from France’s Burgundy. Our region here on the western edges of Santa Barbara County is unlike anywhere in California and continues to astound us with such high quality and complete Chardonnays. Fundamentally, the Sta. Rita Hills is in a Goldilocks location for growing world class Chardonnay in California. Because our mountains run east-west directly into the Pacific Ocean, this unusual geologic formation creates a natural funneling of cold wind. Combine these winds with our bright and sunny climate and you create "refrigerated sunlight", a perfect balance between sun and cold nightly diurnal temperatures every day throughout the growing season.
A pale lemon color with pronounced but smooth aromas of shale, ocean air, chalk, salted caramel, brioche, light roast coffee, vanilla, and fresh meringue with notes of white blossoms and walnuts. On the palate it is full-bodied and smooth with a long finish and an impressive mouth feel. Fruit flavors of golden kiwi, kumquat, gooseberry, roasted pineapple and lime pith blend with the greener flavors of kaffir and coriander.