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2018 Estate Chardonnay

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2018 Estate Chardonnay

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The Sta. Rita Hills region delivers some of the finest examples of Chardonnay in California because our climate is like “refrigerated-sunlight”. This results from the bright sunshine we enjoy throughout the growing season, competing again the cold winds coming from the Pacific Ocean. It is this dichotomy that creates beautiful Chardonnay that has a citrus freshness and richer flavor akin to something more decadent like a mix of Meyer Lemon, Yuzu and Lemon oil. During vinification, we approach the wine with a conservative yet strategic use of new French oak and no lees-stirring.

Straw yellow, aromas of Asian pear, green apple, jasmine, gravel and lemon peel jump from the glass. A vibrant and refreshing palate. This wine is well rounded and will age with grace and complexity.
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
Varietal Chardonnay

Vineyard

Our Estate Chardonnay is a massale (field blend) planting of six different clonal selections, which naturally creates a great diversity of flavor and nuance, and are from vines grown in a mixture of clay and diatomaceous soils. These oceanic plankton fossils (diatoms) provide a fascinating mineral and saline thread to the wine while also creating a hostile growing environment for the vines. When you add these growing challenges to our north-facing vines that receive less sunlight, you create ideal conditions for growing and producing exceptional Chardonnay.

Production

Combined together, we feel our farming and cellar approach produces magical white wines that are profound, thought-provoking, age-worthy (5+ years), minerally and food-friendly. 100% wild yeast. Barrel fermented and aged in 25% new French oak puncheons for 16 months. Full ML and no bâtonnage. 377 cases. 13.7% alcohol.