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2016 Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
SANTA RITA HILLS/SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
This Chardonnay was grown on one of the coolest sites in the Santa Rita Hills, showing a focused and balanced expression of the varietal. Scents of lemon curd and chamomile lead to a linear palate of crushed stone, ripe apple and juicy acidity. Aged predominately in used French oak, malolactic fermentation contributes a mid-weight texture and lasting finish.
The 2016 Chardonnay is lifted, translucent and super-expressive, with attractive citrus and floral-laced character. Medium in body and nuanced, the 2016 is exceptionally beautiful, not to mention hugely enjoyable. Drink 2018-2023. — Antonio Galloni
Sourced from the Rancho Esperanza vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, the 2016 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills spent 10 months in mostly neutral barrels. It has a classic Burgundian reductive character as well as lovely white peach, white flowers, and honeyed mineral aromatics, medium body, vibrant acidity, and a chiseled, elegant style on the palate. This is classic old school Chardonnay with one foot in Burgundy and one foot in California. Drink it over the coming 5-6 years. — Jeb Dunnuck