Dates: Oct. 4, 2012
Sugar: 24.2 Brix

100% Hilltop Ranch

Fermented in 3 puncheons
'Sur lie' 9 months
with regular 'batonnage'

Total Acid: .62
pH: 3.48
Alcohol: 14.5
Sugar: Dry

Production: 165 Cases
Date Bottled: Aug. 28, 2013

Santa Rita Hills

2012 Hilltop Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay
The Santa Rita Hills AVA is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The Valley runs west to east permitting the late afternoon ocean fog to roll into the Santa Rita Hills, where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.

In the spring when frost is our biggest concern a layer of fog over the vineyard can provide protection. In the summer the fog moderates the normally warm days of the valley, cooling the grapes at night. Warm days and cool nights are essential for the making of fine Chardonnay.

The grapes, which are picked at night, are pressed as whole clusters, stems and all. The stems create channels for the juice to escape, otherwise the skins would quickly block the openings.

Winemaker Comments: This barrel fermented Chardonnay is from the oldest block from our adjacent neighbor. Planted in 1979 these 33 year old vines produce a wine of depth and complexity.

Gold Medal 2015 New World Intl. Wine Competition
Double Gold 2015 Tasters Guild Wine Judging

Suggested Retail Price: 32.00

2012 Hilltop Ranch Vineyard
Chardonnay 32.00

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