2016 Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay
Santa Rita Hills
This bright wine exhibits focused characteristics with aromas of stone fruit, ripe pear and jasmine. The entry is fruit driven with hints of toasted oak, Fuji apple and white peach, giving an element of purity to the midpalate. Finishing clean with fresh minerality and broad texture, the wine is a beautiful example of Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay.
The vineyards in Santa Rita Hills are effected by the windy maritime influence that funnels through the east-west corridor. Calcium rich soils combined with sandy loam and clay loam soils make for excellent growing conditions for Chardonnay throughout the appellation.
2016 started with an early budbreak and a warmer Spring. We saw more overall balance in grape chemistry with help from an average rainfall after the four year draught. A hot July followed by a cooler August allowed for a nice drawn out harvest, giving us all the tools to make excellent Chardonnay. This vintage will stand out as one of the better Chardonnay years on the central coast.
Our 2016 Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay is vinified using traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques. This includes whole cluster pressing, barrel fermentations, batonnage and extended elevage techniques. We utilize press cuts to fine-tune quality and vinify in many small lots, allowing to assemble our Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay with a focus on quality that’s true to the appellation.
The core of this wine is made up of Dijon Clones, known for crisp minerality and spice. Smaller amounts of Wente Clone lend tropical fruit characteristics to this wine.