Santa Rita Hills

2016 SRH Chardonnay
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.

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.

Winemaker's comments: 8 different lots from 6 different clones provide a multi-faceted expression of SRH Chardonnay. 100% barrel fermented with 100% malolactic embellishes the intense fruit of this Chardonnay.

Suggested Retail Price: 2

92 Points 2018 Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal 2018 Monterey International Wine Competition

2016 SRH Chardonnay 24.00

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Aug.29 to Sept.22 2016

Sugar: 23.2-25.1 Brix

52% Lafond
48% Hilltop Ranch

Barrels: Oak Barrels, 19% new
French and Hungarian oak
500 Liter puncheons
228 Liter barrels
100% barrel fermented
100% malolactic fermentation
8 months sur lie
Total Acid: .68
pH: 3.43
Alcohol: 14.6%
Sugar: Dry

Bottled:August 1-2, 2017

Production: 3155 Cases