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: 8 different lots from 6 different clones picked over a 3.5 week period provides a multi-faceted expression of Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay. Ripe, bright and tropical. The 100% barrel fermentation adds richness which frames the fruit.
Tasting Notes: The 2017 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.
Wine Enthusiast- 91 points
Gold Medal 2019 San Joaquin Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2019 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging
Double Gold Medal 2019 Toast of the Coast International Wine Competition- 94 points
Best of Sta. Rita Hills AVA 2019 Toast of the Coast International Wine Competition- 94 points
Best Chardonnay 2019 Toast of the Coast International Wine Competition- 94 points
2017 Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills
52% Hilltop Ranch Chardonnay
48% Lafond Vineyard Chardonnay
AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
September 9 - 27 & October 2 - 7, 2017
Sugar: 22 - 24.2 Brix
September 4 - 6, 2018
Total Acid: .71
French & Hungarian Oak, 19% new oak
100% Barrel Fermented
100% Malolactic Fermentation
Production: 3,038 Cases
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