2017 Estate Chardonnay
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Our Estate Chardonnay is a massal planting (a field blend) of six different clonal selections naturally creating a wide diversity of flavor and nuance, and are from vines grown in a mixture of clay and diatomaceous soils. These oceanic fossils (diatoms) in our dirt provide a fascinating mineral and saline thread to the wine while also stressing the vines. When you add these growing conditions to our north-facing vines that receive less sunlight, you create ideal circumstances for growing and producing exceptional Chardonnay.
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. 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. 392 cases. 13.4% alcohol. White gold color and explodes with aromatics of lemon pie, yellow pit fruit, cherimoya, French butter, olive oil, marzipan and sage. Nice medium weight on the palate. Vibrant, rich, salty and elegantly balanced in the mouth. Classic SRH Chardonnay.