Grand Reserve Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2016
Lush tropical fruit intertwines with lemon, lime and floral notes. Elegantly layered, this Grand Reserve Chardonnay exhibits a rich texture and firm backbone with a hint of vanilla and spice to round out the long finish.
90 points, Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, May 2018
Rich and well-crafted, with some lavender accents to the melon, white cherry and pear flavors that feature a creamy texture. The spicy finish is smooth and silky.
In 2016, we had one of the earliest seasons ever. From bud break to harvest, we were about one month early on all fronts. Yet with this shift, the growing days were essentially the same as a “normal” season.
9 months aging in 81% French oak (28% new), with the balance in American oak.
Santa Barbara County is renowned as being one of California’s coolest grape growing regions due to its unique east-west running valleys running along the coast. Santa Barbara’s cool, maritime climate results in a long growing season, with extended hangtime on the vines giving these grapes more balanced ripeness and intense flavors.
All of our estate vineyards are CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE by the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing program, as we firmly believe that the highest standards make the best wines.