2016 ROSA, Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
This is our fourth bottling of ROSA, coming from only a 2.8 acre vineyard block, and demonstrates how enjoyable Chardonnay really can be when grown and approached correctly. To us, there is no argument for why Chardonnay often remains one of the most expensive and celebrated wines in the world. The fruit for ROSA always yields an exotic and highly aromatic wine due to its north-facing exposure (less sunlight), and planting on three different types of ocean based soils (Calcareous, Diatomaceous and Limestone), mixed in with our heavier clay. Because of the fruits striking intensity, our team feels this wine can benefit from more time in more new oak, which only increases the wine fullness, richness and age-ability (7+ years). Barrel fermented in 100% new French 581 gallon Foudre (10 times the size of a normal barrel) with 16 months elevage. Full ML and no battonage. 475 cases. 13.5% alcohol. Light green-gold color with intense aromas of lemon oil mixed with beautiful nuances of brioche and Angel food cake.
Honeysuckle, jasmine, macadamia, sage and saline exude from the glass. Tight and focused energy while being deft and rich on the palate.
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