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2016 Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY | SANTA RITA HILLS AVA
This Chardonnay, grown on one of the coolest sites in the Santa Rita Hills, shows 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.
Vinous 91 points ~ 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
Jeb Dunnuck 90 points ~ 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
Wine Spectator There are appealing chalky notes to the juicy white fruit flavors in this white, featuring savory hints. Peach and spice details show on the finish. Drink now. 400 cases made. — Kim Marcus