Santa Rita Hills
2013 SRH Chardonnay
The Santa 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's comments: We were able to use more of our new plantings with 4 new clones. We have just over 25% of the blend from our neighbor, Hilltop Ranch, vines which are 34 years old. The resulting wine is complex and balanced in the tradition of our SRH Chardonnay.
Gold Medal 2015 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2015 Miami Best in Glass Wine Challenge
90 points Wine Spectator
Gold Medal 2015 New York International Wine Competition
Suggested Retail Price: 23.00
Stats and images as 300dpi pdf files:
Statistics | Bottle | Label | Open Bottle+glass
Sept.6 to Oct.3 2013
Sugar: 23.7-24.9 Brix
27% Hilltop Ranch
Barrels: Oak Barrels, 18% new
100% barrel fermented
100% malolactic fermentation
8 months sur lie
Total Acid: .67
Bottled:June. 15-16, 2014
Production: 2,830 Cases