Sugar: 23.2-24.7 Brix
Los Alamos 57% Chardonnay
Hilltop 38% Chardonnay
Lafond 5% Chardonnay
33% barrel fermented
aged 'sur lie' with 'batonage'
67% stainless steel tanks
with frequent lees stirring
Total Acid: .71
Bottled: June-July 2016
Production: 11,570 cases
Santa Barbara County
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. Cool climate Chardonnay is balanced with those from warmer vineyards.
All the grapes were pressed as whole clusters with 67% of the wine fermented in stainless steel tanks. The remaining 33% was barrel fermented and underwent malolactic fermentation. The barrelled wine was aged 'sur lie' and its lees 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: 2015 was a small crop year throughout California. Santa Barbara County had a small but very concentrated Chardonnay harvest resulting in a wine wuth intense fruit and flavor.
Gold Medal 2017 Critics' Choice
Suggested retail: 17.00
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