Winemaker Bruce McGuire traveled western Santa Barbara County to select cool- and warm-climate vineyards for this multi-site blend. Fruit from the chosen few (including Scheid Vineyard in Monterey County) that met Bruce’s high standards in viticultural practices and growing conditions results in this full-bodied, eminently approachable Chardonnay.
Bruce’s approach to winemaking produces a wine with racy brightness that lifts the intense, rich fruit flavours. Clusters were pressed whole; one third of the wine fermented in stainless steel without undergoing malolactic fermentation. The finished wine is well-integrated with balanced weight and supple flavours drawn from barrel fermentation.
This is an immensely satisfying wine best enjoyed within three years of production, with the potential to age for six or seven years.
The 2016 vintage is a new release that has yet to be reviewed. The 2015 vintage received the following:
“This bottling from the 55-year-old winery is one of the most reliable and well-priced Chardonnays in California. Plump nectarine and cherimoya aromas meet honeysuckle on the nose. It’s tightly wound on the palate, with a sizzle of acidity that opens into peach and pineapple flavors.”
89 points + “Editor’s Choice”, Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast, July 2017
Silver, Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, Jan 2017