Stature Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2016
The Camelot vineyard brings lush, opulent pineapple, mango and papaya to the Stature Chardonnay’s bouquet with a creamy richness finishing on the palate. The Neely vineyard offers the floral honeysuckle notes that add aromatically elegant layers.
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, Jun 2018
This cuvée comes from the Camelot and Neeley Vineyards (Santa Barbara and Monterey) and was brought up in 45% new French oak. It offers a rocking bouquet of sautéed apples, pears, white flowers, and beautiful minerality. It’s fresh and vibrant as well as rich and textured on the palate, has vibrant acidity, and a big finish. It’s a terrific Chardonnay that will keep for 4-6 years.
Wine Pick, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com, Dec 2017
"The 2016 Chardonnay Stature opens with ripe peaches, spiced pears and honeyed toast notes plus touches of nutmeg and candle wax. Medium to full-bodied, it has a pleasantly oily texture and a great intensity of ripe, rich fruit, finishing long and spicy."
After a challenging season that resulted in a distinctly rich and intriguing wine profile, the harvest was handpicked and kept lot-separated throughout production. The Lees were stirred every two weeks by hand with a precise seven strokes of the dodine tool each time. Eight unique barrels among a peer group of very beautiful 2016 wines begged to be shown to the world. These profoundly complex Chardonnays beamed with quality and individuality that expressed the essence of their terroir.
Much of Santa Barbara County’s reputation for bold Burgundy-style varietals can be attributed to the unique combination of long hangtimes in protracted growing seasons, cold nights all summer retaining perfect acidity and balance, and the benchland soils delivering minerality under low vigor. The Neely vineyard is in the eastern hills above Los Alamos, and the Camelot vineyard is on the northern slope of the Santa Maria Valley with a perfect East-West row direction insuring impeccable ripening. Sedimentary rock with small pieces of calcium carbonate and limestone outline their soils, guaranteeing great drainage and expressive wines