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Grand Reserve Santa Barbara Chardonnay
90
points

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.

$22
/bottle
$17.60 for Wine Club Members (Join)
Wine Facts
Appellation
48% Monterey County, 52% Santa Barbara County
Composition
100% Chardonnay
T.A.
0.61g/100ml
pH
3.51
Alc %
14.5%

Acclaim

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.

Winemaking

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.

Vineyards

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.

lush tropical fruit, lemon, lime and floral notes. hint of vanilla and spice
Primary Aromas & Flavors
crab cakes
Food & Wine Pairing
50° F
Ideal Serving Temperature
burgundy
Ideal Glass Shape