Chardonnay - Sta. Rita Hills
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

Our 2015 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2015 vintage was early and followed a dry, warm year. Fortunately, the growing season passed without extreme heat, resulting in concentrated flavors with bright acid. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

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Wine Notes
Color
Straw gold
Aroma
Intriguing aromas of grilled citrus, stone fruits and roasted almond
Taste
In addition to the bright fruit, the palate has racy minerality, great structure and a long finish
Product Information
Vintage: 
2015
Type:
White
Grape Variety Used: 
100% 
Chardonnay
Appellation: 
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol: 
14.00%
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
Gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French Oak
Length/Type of Aging: 
9 months in French Oak (25% new)
Bottled Date: 
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Packaging Available:
  • 6
     - 
    750 ML

Our 2014 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2014 vintage followed a dry, warm year. Fortunately, the growing season passed without extreme heat, resulting in intense flavors with bright acid. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. Our 2014 estate Chardonnay offers intriguing aromas of lemon zest, stone fruits, toasted hazelnut with hints of pineapple. In addition to the bright fruit, the palate has racy minerality and great structure and a long finish. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

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Wine Notes
Color
Straw gold
Aroma
Intriguing aromas of lemon zest, stone fruits, toasted hazelnut with hints of pineapple.
Taste
Full-bodied with nice acidity and racy minerality.
Product Information
Vintage: 
2014
Type:
White
Grape Variety Used: 
100% 
Chardonnay
Appellation: 
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol: 
14.50%
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
Gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French Oak.
Length/Type of Aging: 
10 months in French Oak (25% new)
Bottled Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Release Date:
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Cases Produced: 
3,500
Packaging Available:
  • 6
     - 
    750 ML

Our 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. Our 2013 estate Chardonnay offers intriguing aromas of lemon peel, apricot and toasted hazelnut. In addition to the bright fruit, this wine has aromas of white flowers. On the palate the minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

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Wine Notes
Color
Straw Gold
Aroma
Lemon peel, apricot and toasted hazelnut with white flowers
Taste
The minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish.
Product Information
Vintage: 
2013
Type:
White
Grape Variety Used: 
100% 
Chardonnay
Appellation: 
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol: 
14.30%
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
Barrel fermented in French oak (20% new), 100% malolactic fermentation
Length/Type of Aging: 
9 months in French Oak, 20% new
Bottled Date: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Release Date:
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Cases Produced: 
4,800
Packaging Available:
  • 12
     - 
    750 ML

Our 2012 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2012 vintage was near perfect, with just enough heat to ripen the fruit. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. Our 2012 estate Chardonnay offers intriguing aromas of lemon peel, nectarine and toasted hazelnut. In addition to the bright fruit, this wine has aromas of white flowers. On the palate the minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

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Wine Notes
Color
Straw Gold
Aroma
Lemon peel, apricot and toasted hazelnut with white flowers
Taste
The minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish.
Product Information
Vintage: 
2012
Type:
White
Grape Variety Used: 
100% 
Chardonnay
Appellation: 
Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol: 
14.40%
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
Barrel fermented in French oak (20% new), 100% malolactic fermentation
Length/Type of Aging: 
14 months in French Oak, 20% new
Bottled Date: 
Monday, July 1, 2013
Release Date:
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Cases Produced: 
3,500
Packaging Available:
  • 12
     - 
    750 ML

Our 2011 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2011 vintage was marked by low yields due to spring frost. This resulted in intense flavors with bright acid. By gently whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in French oak, this Chardonnay has lovely texture to balance the vibrant palate. Our 2011 estate Chardonnay offers intriguing aromas of lemon peel, apricot and toasted hazelnut. In addition to the bright fruit, this wine has aromas of white flowers. On the palate the minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through its long finish. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes and excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

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Wine Notes
Color
Straw gold
Aroma
Aromas of lemon peel, apricot, toasted hazelnut and white flowers.
Taste
Minerality and acidity give this wine great structure, which carries through with a long finish. The full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance.
Product Information
Vintage: 
2011
Type:
White
Grape Variety Used: 
Chardonnay
Appellation: 
Santa Barbara
Alcohol: 
14.20%
Acid Level: 
3.28 g/l
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
100% malolactic
Length/Type of Aging: 
9 months in French Oak, 20% new
Bottled Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Release Date:
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Cases Produced: 
11,500
Packaging Available:
  • 12
     - 
    750 ML

Our 2010 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in the heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2010 vintage was low yielding, intense, but balanced, resulting from a cool summer followed by a short heat wave in September. This produced intense, but elegant wines with great structure. This hand harvested, barrel fermented Chardonnay shows intriguing aromas of citrus, pineapple and toasted hazelnut. In addition to the bright fruit, this wine has complex floral characters and minerality that carries through its long finish. This full-bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes an excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels). 

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Wine Notes
Color
Straw Gold
Aroma
Citrus, pineapple, and toasted hazelnut, complex floral characteristics.
Taste
Bright fruit, complex floral characters and minerality that carries through its long finish.
Product Information
Vintage: 
2010
Type:
White
Grape Variety Used: 
100% 
Chardonnay
Appellation: 
Santa Barbara
Alcohol: 
14.20%
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
100% Malolactic
Length/Type of Aging: 
14 months in French Oak, 20% new barrels
Bottled Date: 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Release Date:
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Cases Produced: 
11,500
Packaging Available:
  • 12
     - 
    375 ML