Our 2018 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool-climate appellation. The 2018 vintage began in early September and was cool and long growing season. This resulted in slow ripening and mineral-driven wines with plenty of richness and concentration.
8 1/2 months in French Oak (20% new)
Gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French Oak
Elegant, Full Bodied, Structured, Balanced, Full-bodied
Almond, Citrus, Peach
Enticing aromas of brioche, meyer lemon, and white flowers intermingle with beeswax and passion fruit.
The wine appears soft and generous but develops a lovely saline note that complements the texture and drives the finish.