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2018 HT Chardonnay

2018 HT Chardonnay
Hilltop Ranch Vineyard

Bruce McGuire does not have to travel far to make the Hilltop Ranch Chardonnay. Made out of 100% Sta. Rita Hills fruit, from grapes sourced just North of the Lafond Vineyard, this Chardonnay showcases the hallmarks of cool climate grapes grown in gravel rich soil.

The vines are 34 years old and are self rooted. This allows all of the unique characteristics of the terroir to concentrate into each berry.

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SKU: 412018
Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Sta. Rita Hills
Harvest Date
October 24, 2018
24.5 Brix
Bottling Date
March 3, 2020
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This Chardonnay is pale gold, moving to platinum around the edges of the glass. Distinct aromas of yellow apple, candied pineapple, and vanilla greet the nose. Full flavors of baked apple pie and starfruit are followed by subtle crème brulée. Pair this rich, full-bodied white wine with lobster risotto, roasted chicken, or gruyere cheese.
Vineyard Notes
100% Hilltop Ranch
Production Notes
Three 130-gallon puncheons 1/3 new French oak 100% barrel fermented 100% malolactic fermentation Sur lie 9 months with regular batonnage Production: 138 cases
Winemaker Notes
Crisp apple and bright dense fruit from 35 year old self-rooted vines adds to a concentrated wine with great length of flavor.

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