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2018 SRH Chardonnay

2018 SRH Chardonnay
Sta. Rita Hills

The Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is composed of six different Chardonnay clones grown on eight lots across the Lafond Vineyard. Each clone has distinct characteristics, and each lot consists of different types of soils.

Winemaker Bruce McGuire creates an incredible depth of flavor by layering the unique characteristics found in each clone. Finally, this wine undergoes barrel aging before it is ready to tell its complex story.

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SKU: 414018
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Vineyard Designation
Sta. Rita Hills
Harvest Date
October 4-31, 2018
Sugar
23.2-24.7 Brix
Acid
.71
pH
3.44
Bottling Date
August 29-30, 2019
Residual Sugar
Dry
Alcohol %
14.3
Wine Spectator
93
Wine Enthusiast
93
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2018 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is a golden hay color with mild aromas of lemon zest, cantaloupe, and jasmine. Flavors of crisp pear, crushed gravel, and almond complete the palate. This bright Chardonnay pairs well with shrimp scampi, fish tacos, and beet salads.
Vineyard Notes
52% Hilltop Ranch 48% Lafond Vineyard
Production Notes
46 130gal. puncheons 16 60gal. barrels 16% new French & Hungarian oak barrels 100% barrel fermented & 100% ML Sur lie batonnage Production: 2,872 cases
Winemaker Notes
Hilltop Vineyard has some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in the Sta. Rita Hills. Planted in the late 70's, the wine shows great depth of flavor. Lafond has five different clones spread over two root stocks in sandy loam. Together they are a prototypical expression of Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay.
Other Notes
Gold Medal 2019 Central Coast Wine Competition

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