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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.

2015 Chardonnay
Sta. Rita Hills

2015 Chardonnay

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Chardonnay

Vineyard Sources:
Zotovich (63%) Kessler-Haak (16%) Fe Ciega (12%) Rita’s Crown (9%)

Production: 54 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.5
pH: 3.29
Titratable acidity: 0.72 g/100ml.
Cellaring potential: Three to five years
Bottle price: $32

 

The Harvest
2015 followed 2014 with another early harvest. On August 12th we began
picking at the four different vineyards that we use for our Sta. Rita Hills bottling.
Our last pick was on September 2nd, and despite some hot weather, I was able to
harvest the grapes at our desired lower sugar levels. The average Brix was 22.0
with high levels of acidity.
The Wine
The wine has a straw gold color of medium intensity. The aroma is a blend of
apples and pears, and a hint of corn meal in the background. On the palate the
wine is medium bodied with a rich texture. The flavors are of apples and pears
with an added nuance of lemon custard. The high acidity creates a lingering
finish that is clean and crisp.
Winemaking
The entire grape lots were whole cluster pressed, and the juice settled for at least
24 hours before being racked to French oak barrels to ferment. The juice was
inoculated with a yeast culture and fermentation lasted an average of 14 days. The
wines aged in the same French oak barrels for 10 months prior to being blended
and bottled in August 2016. Only 15% of this wine was aged in new barrels.
Food Pairings
This elegant, well-balanced Chardonnay will accompany a wide variety of foods,
including sweet corn bisque, roasted chicken and white fish sautéed in butter.

The Harvest
2015 followed 2014 with another early harvest. On August 12th we began picking at the four different vineyards that we use for our Sta. Rita Hills bottling. Our last pick was on September 2nd, and despite some hot weather, I was able to harvest the grapes at our desired lower sugar levels. The average Brix was 22.0 with high levels of acidity.

Winemaking
The entire grape lots were whole cluster pressed, and the juice settled for at least 24 hours before being racked to French oak barrels to ferment. The juice was inoculated with a yeast culture and fermentation lasted an average of 14 days. The wines aged in the same French oak barrels for 10 months prior to being blended and bottled in August 2016. Only 15% of this wine was aged in new barrels.

The Wine
The wine has a straw gold color of medium intensity. The aroma is a blend of apples and pears, and a hint of corn meal in the background. On the palate the wine is medium bodied with a rich texture. The flavors are of apples and pears with an added nuance of lemon custard. The high acidity creates a lingering finish that is clean and crisp.

Food Pairings
This elegant, well-balanced Chardonnay will accompany a wide variety of foods, including sweet corn bisque, roasted chicken and white fish sautéed in butter.

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