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Aug.13 - Sept.14 2015
Sugar: 23.5 25.3 Brix

84% Lafond
16% Hilltop Ranch
Santa Rita Hills

100% Barrel fermented
-60 gal. barrels
7-130 gal. puncheons
30% new oak

100% Barrel fermented
100% Malolactic
Aged 'sur lie' 9 months
with regular 'batonnage'

Total Acid: .71
pH: 3.38
Alcohol: 14.4%

Bottled: July 26, 2016

Production: 998 cases

Santa Rita Hills

2015 Reserve Chardonnay
The Sta. Rita Hills of the western Santa Ynez Valley is an area where local geography influences the climate to create conditions extremely well suited for growing world class Chardonnay.

We give this wine a "reserve" designation because these grapes are harvested from distinct soil types and Chardonnay clones that yield the greatest flavor concentration and fruit intensity.

The resulting wine is full-bodied and richly textured with complexity of flavor further enhanced by barrel fermentation.

'Sur lie' lets the fermented wine 'sit' over the sediment created by fermentation. The barrels are stirred frequently to better absorb the flavors of the 'lie' (pronounced 'lee').

The resulting wine has aromatic and flavor intensity complementing the rich character of this Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay.

Winemaker's comments: 2015 was a small crop vintage which produced a very concentrated example of Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay.

The five clones in our new planting are becoming a more significant part of the blend. We now have more esxpressions of Chardonnay to work with as we assemble our different blends.

91 Points 2017 Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal-Best of Class 2018 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
91 Ponts Wine Spectator
A lithe white, featuring accents of smoky richness to the baked apple and dried pear flavors. Plush and creamy midpalate, with a finish that offers hints of honey and savory spice. Drink now through 2022. 1,727 cases made.K.M.
Gold Medal 2018 Monterey International Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2018 CA State Fair

Suggested retail: 26.00 / 750ml

2015 Reserve Chardonnay 26.00

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