The grapes for this wine come from a variety of vineyards that Winemaker Bruce McGuire has selected over the years for their quality and consistency. Many are from the same blocks year after year. Our cool climate Chardonnay is balanced with grapes from warmer vineyards.
All the grapes were pressed as whole clusters with 53% of the wine fermented in stainless steel tanks. The remaining 47% was barrel fermented and underwent malolactic fermentation. The barrelled wine was aged 'sur lie' and its lees were regularly stirred to impart flavor and complexity.
The result is a wine that is bright and flavorful with a great deal of fruit intensity. We consider this our trademark Chardonnay, a wine we have consistently produced year after year.
Winemaker's Comments: This Chardonnay was sourced from all three valleys in Santa Barbara County: Los Alamos, Santa Maria, and Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Ynez. It was picked over a full month and represents the diversity of Santa Barbara County.
Tasting Notes: The 2018 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is pale gold. Aromas of baked apple, faint pineapple and subtle baking spices fill the glass. Smooth flavors of Grannysmith apple and Asian pear coat the tongue. This Chardonnay stays bright with just the right touch of butteriness. Drink with creamy vegetable soups, lobster or prawns, and creamy brie style cheeses.
Silver Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2020
2018 Chardonnay - Santa Barbara County
60% Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay
14% Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay
14% Hilltop Ranch Chardonnay
8% Wente Vineyards Chardonnay
4% Lafond Vineyard Riesling
AVA: Santa Barbara County
October 3 - November 3, 2018
Sugar: 23.1 - 25 Brix
June 4 - 28, 2019
Total Acid: .68
47% barrel fermented, 15% new
Production: 17,000 cases
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