Bruce Mcguire does not have to travel far to make the Hilltop Ranch Chardonnay. Made out of 100% Sta. Rita Hills fruit, from grapes sourced just North of the Lafond Vineyard, this Chardonnay showcases the hallmarks of cool climate grapes grown in gravel rich soil.


The vines are 34 years old and are self rooted. This allows all of the unique characteristics of the terroir to concentrate into each berry.

Winemaker Comments: Crisp apple and bright dense fruit from 35 year old self-rooted vines adds to a concentrated wine with great length of flavor.


Tasting Notes: This Chardonnay is pale gold, moving to platinum around the edges of the glass. Distinct aromas of yellow apple, candied pineapple, and vanilla greet the nose. Full flavors of baked apple pie and starfruit are followed by subtle crème brulée. Pair this rich, full-bodied white wine with lobster risotto, roasted chicken, or gruyere cheese.

2018 Chardonnay - Hilltop Ranch Vineyard

SKU: 412018
Are you 21 or older?

    100% Hilltop Ranch Chardonnay

    AVA: Sta. Rita Hills


    October 24, 2018
    Sugar: 24.5 Brix



    March 3, 2020

    Alcohol: 14.7%
    Total Acid: .70
    pH: 3.34
    Sugar: Dry


    Three 130-gallon puncheons

    1/3 new French oak

    100% barrel fermented

    100% malolactic fermentation

    Sur lie 9 months with regular batonnage

    Production: 253 cases

  • We kindly request a 3 bottle minimum order.


    Shipping Fee: $12.00 Flat Rate, Fed Ex Ground

    All wine shipments must be ordered and signed for by someone 21 years or older. We recommend using a workplace address to ensure timely delivery. 

    Please Note: During warm weather months, we monitor the temperatures in your area to ensure that the wine is not subject to high temperatures during transit that may damage the wine. If temperatures rise beyond a set threshold, a weather hold may be placed on your order until the weather cools down. 

    Expedited shipping is available on request within reason. Please call the winery for all special requests regarding shipping. 

    Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your order.

We kindly request a 3 bottle minimum for all shipping orders - $12.00 flat rate.


Keep in touch with Lafond Winery & Vineyards

on Instagram @lafondwinery


Use the form below to contact us

or call the tasting room at (805) 688-7921