Sept.13 - Nov.7, 2017
Sugar: 23.1-24.7 Brix
Los Alamos 68% Chardonnay
Hilltop 15% Chardonnay
Lafond 6% Chardonnay
Turnkey 11% Chardonnay
47% barrel fermented
(10% New Barrels)
53% stainless steel tanks
at cool temperatures
Total Acid: .69
Bottled: June-July 2018
Production: 13,180 cases
Santa Barbara County
The grapes for this wine come from a variety of vineyards that Winemaker Bruce McGuire has selected over the years for their quality and consistency. Many are from the same blocks year after year. Cool climate Chardonnay is balanced with those from warmer vineyards.
All the grapes were pressed as whole clusters with 53% of the wine fermented in stainless steel tanks. The remaining 47% was barrel fermented and underwent malolactic fermentation. The barrelled wine was aged 'sur lie' and its lees regularly stirred to impart flavor and complexity.
The result is a wine that is bright and flavorful with a great deal of fruit intensity. We consider this our trademark Chardonnay, a wine we have consistently produced year after year.
Winemaker's comments: Los Alamos Vineyards, 68% of this blend, is located4 miles west of the town of Los Alamos. This is as far west as the most western part of the Santa Rita Hills.
It is an excellent cool climate for Chardonnay.
We source from 5 diverse blocks with 50% from an older hillside block. This is a classic Santa Barbara County Chardonnay.
90 points Wine Enthusiast
Suggested retail: 17.00
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