The 2016 Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from the winery's two estate vineyards in the heart of the cool climate Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Intriguing aromas of grilled citrus, stone fruits, and roasted almond lead to a palate of bright fruit, racy minerality, great structure, and a long finish.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Aging: 9 months in French oak, 25% new
90 Points - Wine Spectator
"Focused and minerally tasting, with subtle toasty notes to the pear tart, baked apple and dried tropical fruit flavors, supported by fresh acidity. Offers a long, spicy finish. Drink now through 2022. 7,498 cases made." -KM, 3/31/19
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Smoked hazelnut and rich oak aromas are cut by whiffs of lemon rind, citrus spray, chalk and Asian pear on the nose of this appellation blend. The palate offers both sharp citrus and rounded apple flavors." -MK, 2/1/19