2017 Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
The 2016 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills was a huge hit, and we think the 2017 is even better. Lower yields and new vineyard blocks make this wine even more chiseled and intense, while still enjoying solid ripeness, flavors and texture. Grape sources for his wine are all organic or SIP certified sustainable and include Donnachadh (Clones 4 and 548) – 50%, Spear (Clones Wente & 96)(30%) & Bentrock (96)(20%). The use of multiple blocks and clones increased complexity, as did fermentation and aging in French oak (10% new), 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; only 225 cases were produced.