Grand Reserve Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2018
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.
91 points, E.B., Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Sep 2019
“...pure aromas of baked apples, poached pears, toast, a hint of gunflint and white peaches with floral perfume. The palate is medium-bodied, silky and intense with toasty fruits, juicy acidity and a long, savory-laced finish.”
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.
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.