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Santa Rita Hills

2014 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: Our new planting of Chardonnay is well represented. Five different clones planted in a range of soils from marine sand to loam with a clay subsurface. The Hilltop component is from 35 year old vines. The range of flavors from the variety of clones and soils truly expresses our SRH Chardonnay.

Suggested Retail Price: 2

Gold Medal 90 Points 2016 Critics Challenge
Gold Medal 2016 Miami Best in Class Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2016 New York International Wine Competition

2014 SRH Chardonnay 23.00

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Aug.26 to Sept.23 2014

Sugar: 23.7-24.9 Brix

70% Lafond
30% Hilltop Ranch

Barrels: Oak Barrels, 22% new
100% barrel fermented
100% malolactic fermentation
8 months sur lie
Total Acid: .74
pH: 3.36
Alcohol: 14.6%
Sugar: Dry

Bottled:August 5-6, 2015

Production: 3635 Cases