Grand Reserve Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2017
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, Antonio Galloni, vinous, May 2019
The 2017 Chardonnay Grand Reserve is a gorgeous barrel-fermented Chardonnay that offers a striking interplay of richness and the more saline notes that are typical of Santa Barbara, where 75% of this fruit is sourced. Apricot, honey, dried flowers, mint and butter notes lead into the creamy finish. The Grand Reserve is very nicely done. Drinking window: 2019 - 2025
2017 was an early season with a light to normal crop coming o of several years of drought. Though the winter of ’16 and ’17 were quite wet, the vines had already set their crop back in spring of 2016 based on the previous drought year. Overall, the Santa Barbara growing season was fantastic, especially in the spring!
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.
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