Santa Rita Hills
2015 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: A small crop compared to the large crop in 2014. The vines are showing the effect of the continuing drought. Very concentrated flavors with great fruit intensity.
Suggested Retail Price: 23.00
Best of Class 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
90 Points 2017 Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal 2017 International Womens' Wine Competition
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Statistics | Bottle | Label | Bottle+glass
Aug.26 to Sept.12 2015
Sugar: 23.1-24.6 Brix
18% Hilltop Ranch
Barrels: Oak Barrels, 22% new
32 130 gal. puncheons
30 60 gal. barrels
100% barrel fermented
100% malolactic fermentation
8 months sur lie
Total Acid: .73
Bottled:August 27-28, 2016
Production: 2390 Cases