Sugar: 23.1-25.2 Brix
Los Alamos 63% Chardonnay
Hilltop 25% Chardonnay
Lafond 6% Chardonnay
Lafond 6% Riesling
41% barrel fermented
aged ‘sur lie’ with ‘batonage’
59% stainless steel tanks
at cool temperatures
Total Acid: .72
Bottled: June-July 2017
Production: 11,128 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 67% of the wine fermented in stainless steel tanks. The remaining 33% 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: The fresh brightness of the the stainless steel fermented portion is balanced by the rich texture of the barrel fermented and aged wine.
The Los Alamos portion of the blend comes from a low vigor hillside block with smaller and more concentrated berries.
Gold Medal 2017 Critics' Choice
Gold Medal 2018 Miami Best in Glass
Double Gold Medal 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
90 Points Wine Spectator: Bright acidity supports the rich white fruit and spice. Green apple, and ripe melon notes dominate, mixing with some buttery accents. Hints of sage honey show on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 11,500 cases made.—K.M.
Gold Medal 2018 San Diego International Wine Competition
Suggested retail: 17.00
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