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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2013 Chardonnay
Rita's Crown Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2013 Chardonnay

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Chardonnay

Vineyard Sources:
Rita's Crown Vineyard

Production: 71 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
pH: 3.25
Titratable acidity: 0.64g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Three to five years
Bottle price: $50

 

The Vineyard Site
This is our third vintage of Chardonnay from Rita’s Crown Vineyard, which is
quickly gaining acclaim for the outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir produced
from its fruit. We source from a small 1.5-acre block planted to clone 96 that is
situated on a steep south-facing slope containing rocky clay loam soil.
The Harvest
Because of this site’s south-facing exposure and thinner soils, the Chardonnay
grapes ripen earlier than at our other sites. The grapes were harvested on
September 5th with a sugar content of 22.3 Brix.
Winemaking
The grapes were whole cluster pressed and the juice settled for 24 hours
before being transferred to a small egg-shaped fermenter and oak barrels for
fermentation. After a 10-day fermentation, the barrels were topped off and the
wine in the fermenter was racked to additional oak barrels to begin a 13-month
aging period. The lees at the bottom of the barrels were stirred every two weeks
for the first 3 months to promote a richer mouth feel to the wine. Only 15% of
the wine was aged in new French oak barrels. None of the wine underwent
malolactic fermentation. The wine was bottled on December 23, 2014.
The Wine
The wine has a medium straw gold color. The aromas have a slight tropical
fruit aspect which develops in the glass to reveal aromas of creamed corn and
oatmeal. On the palate the wine has flavors of tapioca and citrus, which evolve
into lingering flavors of nuts, caramel and butterscotch on the finish. The medium
weight of the wine is perfectly balanced with crisp acidity.
Food Pairings
Enjoy this wine with a variety of shellfish and rich seafood such as grilled lobster
and sautéed scallops.

The Vineyard Site

 This is our third vintage of Chardonnay from Rita’s Crown Vineyard, which is quickly gaining acclaim for the outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir produced from its fruit. We source from a small 1.5-acre block planted to clone 96 that is situated on a steep south-facing slope containing rocky clay loam soil.

The Harvest

Because of this site’s south-facing exposure and thinner soils, the Chardonnay grapes ripen earlier than at our other sites. The grapes were harvested on September 5th with a sugar content of 22.3 Brix.

Winemaking

 The grapes were whole cluster pressed and the juice settled for 24 hours before being transferred to a small egg-shaped fermenter and oak barrels for fermentation. After a 10-day fermentation, the barrels were topped off and the wine in the fermenter was racked to additional oak barrels to begin a 13-month aging period. The lees at the bottom of the barrels were stirred every two weeks for the first 3 months to promote a richer mouth feel to the wine. Only 15% ofthe wine was aged in new French oak barrels. None of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was bottled on December 23, 2014

The Wine

 The wine has a medium straw gold color. The aromas have a slight tropical fruit aspect which develops in the glass to reveal aromas of creamed corn and oatmeal. On the palate the wine has flavors of tapioca and citrus, which evolve into lingering flavors of nuts, caramel and butterscotch on the finish. The medium weight of the wine is perfectly balanced with crisp acidity.

Food Pairings

 Enjoy this wine with a variety of shellfish and rich seafood such as grilled lobster and sautéed scallops.

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