"The 2014 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is rich and powerful in the glass, yet also shows good energy and overall translucence, especially for such an ample, broad-shouldered wine. Orange blossom, mint, spice and butter are front and center. With time in the glass, more tropically-leaning notes begin to develop. This, too, is, very nicely done." –Sep-16
Vines are planted predominantly on the west side of the estate in a diversity of sandy soil types. The brutal ocean-winds, poor soils and cool, long growing season allow the grapes to capture the vibrancy, minerality and concentrated flavors that are hallmarks of the appellation.
Fruit is harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed and cold settled overnight. It is then transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral barrels (5- to 20-year-old French oak) with zero malolactic. The wine ages sur lie without any lees disturbance.