2016 Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
A new wine from the Dragonette Cellars team, the 2016 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills is crafted much in the same manner as the Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir. We source fruit from committed growers from multiple exceptional sites across the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, each with its own terroir, and then blend these wines to achieve great complexity and balance. From a stylistic perspective, the wine is decidedly cool climate, with beautiful mouth filling flavors hoisted and held aloft by terrific mineral-laden acidity. The overall package is perfectly balanced to encourage continued sipping, and ultimately bottle aging for the rest of your bottles. Grape sources are all organic or biodynamic and include Spear, Donnachadh (formerly Stowaway) Radian, Duvarita, and Rita’s Crown. We chose multiple blocks and clones at each vineyard, and individually harvested each block in the cool morning hours, with field sorting. We gently pressed the whole clusters, settle the juice overnight and then transfer the juice directly to barrels for fermentation and aging, with partial malolactic fermentation occurring spontaneously in barrel. The resulting wine is aged for 15 months on its lees without stirring, before selection, blending and bottling. We love the complexity and energy of this wine, which represents a true cross section of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. A tiny production, this wine will likely not leave California. Very Limited. Only 325 cases produced.