The Sta. Rita Hills of the western Santa Ynez Valley is an area where local geography influences the climate to create conditions extremely well suited for growing world class Chardonnay.


We give this wine a "reserve" designation because these grapes are harvested from distinct soil types and Chardonnay clones that yield the greatest flavor concentration and fruit intensity.The resulting wine has rich, fully-ripe flavors. The Reserve Chardonnay is 100% barrel aged and perfectly represents the best that Sta. Rita Hills has to offer.

'Sur lie' lets the fermented wine 'sit' over the sediment created by fermentation. The barrels are stirred frequently to better absorb the flavors of the 'lie' (pronounced 'lee').

Winemaker Comments: This wine is selected from the best barrels of the five Chardonnay clones we grow at our Lafond Vineyard.  In addition, we chose fruit from the lowest vigor blocks from our neighbor's vineyard, Hilltop Ranch. Hilltop Ranch was planted in the late 1970's and is one of the oldest Chardonnay blocks in the Santa Rita Hills AVA.


Tasting Notes: The 2018 Reserve Chardonnay gleams golden hay, with aromas of baked apple, warm pineapple, and restrained oak. Delicate orange peel, pineapple, and vanilla coat the tongue in layers of flavor. This wine retains its acidity, while finishing smooth. Drink with creamy risotto, flaky white fish, or fried chicken.



2018 Reserve Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

SKU: 11118
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    62% Lafond Vineyard Chardonnay

    38% Hilltop Ranch Chardonnay

    AVA: Sta. Rita Hills


    September 13 - October 5, 2017
    Sugar: 22.7 - 24.3 Brix



    September 5 - 6, 2018


    Alcohol: 14.4%

    Total Acid: .71

    pH: 3.27



    100% Barrel fermented
    20-60 gal. barrels
    26-130 gal. puncheons
    18% new oak

    100% Barrel fermented
    100% Malolactic
    Aged 'sur lie' 10 months
    with regular 'batonnage'

    Production: 1,890 cases

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