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Aug. 29 - Sept.22 2016
Sugar: 23.2 24.7 Brix

69% Lafond
31% Hilltop Ranch
Santa Rita Hills

100% Barrel fermented
16-60 gal. barrels
14-130 gal. puncheons
22% new oak

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

Total Acid: .72
pH: 3.43
Alcohol: 14.7%

Bottled: August 3 and 4, 201

1,207 cases

Santa Rita Hills

2016 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: A moderate crop on low vigor vines gives us good concentration with ripe flavors. Our new upper Mesa planting is producing better fruit each year as it matures. The fruit intensity allows full barrel fermentation as well as complete malolactic fermentation.

Suggested retail: 26.00 / 750ml

Best of Class Gold Medal 2018 Miami
Gold Medal 2018 California State Fair Commercial Wine Comp.

Best of Class 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp.

2016 Reserve Chardonnay 26.00

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