The Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is composed of six different Chardonnay clones grown on eight lots across the Lafond Vineyard. Each clone has distinct characteristics, and each lot consists of different types of soils.


Winemaker Bruce McGuire creates an incredible depth of flavor by layering the unique characteristics found in each clone. Finally, this wine undergoes barrel aging before it is ready to tell its complex story.

Winemaker Comments: Hilltop Vineyard has some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in the Sta. Rita Hills. Planted in the late 70's, the wine shows great depth of flavor. Lafond has five different clones spread over two root stocks in sandy loam. Together they are a prototypical expression of Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay.


Tasting Notes: The 2018 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is a golden hay color with mild aromas of lemon zest,cantaloupe, and jasmine. Flavors of crisp pear, crushed gravel, and almond complete thepalate. This bright Chardonnay pairs well with shrimp scampi, fish tacos, and beet salads.



Gold Medal 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition

Wine Spectator - 93 points

Wine Enthusiast - 93 points

2018 Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills

SKU: 414018
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    52% Hilltop Ranch Chardonnay

    48% Lafond Vineyard Chardonnay

    AVA: Sta. Rita Hills



    October 4 - 31, 2018

    Sugar: 23.2 - 24.7



    August 29 & 30, 2019



    Alcohol: 14.3%

    Total Acid: .71

    pH: 3.44



    46 130gal. puncheons

    16 60gal. barrels

    16% new French & Hungarian oak barrels

    100% barrel fermented & 100% ML

    Sur lie batonnage


    Production: 2,872 cases

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