2016 Santa Barbara Chardonnay

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2016 Santa Barbara Chardonnay


The 2016 Santa Barbara Chardonnay is a selected blend. 70% from the Murmur Vineyard planted in sandy loam, which is located in the coolest corner of Santa Maria Valley. And 30% La Rinconada Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, situated on an extinct bend of the Santa Ynez River near Lompoc. Our block is planted mostly on alluvium and ancient river deposits.

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This Chardonnay is bright as well as lush - Yet rich and tropical in its expression of fruit. The delicate and medium bodied finish boosts tangerine, honeysuckle, Meyer lemon zest and chamomile. All these components are pushed forward on the palate by fresh acidity. This well balanced and attractive Chardonnay will pair well with most spring dishes, shellfish, lightly seasoned poultry, or as a starter to the evening. Vinous 92, Jeb Dunnuck 91 points

2016 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

Clonal Selection: 100% Chardonnay, utilizing both 76, and Wente clones.
Growing Season: 2016 was a classic vintage. Warm fall conditions with cool nights resulted in exceptional acidity and near perfect phenolic ripeness.
Brix at Harvest: 22-24 brix.
Chemistry: Finished total acidity 0.72 with a pH of 3.40, Alc. 14.1%
Fermentation/Élevage: Barrel fermented and spent 17 months in barrel. 30% new French oak, Gently filtered