The Valley runs west to east, opening a gap in the coastal range, allowing the late afternoon ocean fog to roll in where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley. The fog cools the vines from the day’s summer heat and it is this combination of warm days and cool nights that gives the wine its complexity as well as providing acidity to give it structure.
A combination of 500L puncheons and 228L barrels. 19% New French & Hungarian Oak. 8 different lots from 6 clones provide a multi-faceted expression of SRH Chardonnay. 100% barrel fermented with 100% malolactic fermentation embelishes the intense fruit from SRH.
VARIETAL: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: SANTA RITA HILLS The Santa Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
TECHNICAL NOTES: Alcohol: 14.6% | pH: 3.43 Total Acid: .68 | Sugar: Dry Harvest Sugar: 23.2 – 25.1 Brix
A blend of two neighboring vineyards, this wine showcases the Santa Rita Hills ripe, concentrated Chardonnay for which the AVA is known. Its vibrant flavors – from the Lafond Vineyard and HillTop Ranch – are reflected in this wine.
UPC# 0 87951 41401 8
12pk | 750ml