The Sta. Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Valley runs west to east, opening a gap in the coastal range, allowing the late afternoon ocean fog to roll in where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.
The fog cools the vines from the day's summer heat and it is this combination of warm days and cool nights that gives the wine its complexity as well as providing acidity to give it structure.
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.
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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