Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2014
/ Sta. Rita Hills
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank following harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was inoculated and racked to 25% new French and American oak barrels. It then underwent regular stirring of the lees for added texture and complexity. All lots were kept separate throughout vinification and aging to ensure character, distinctiveness and quality. After 17 months in barrel under cool cellar conditions, the wine was bottled.
Ultimate Wine Challenge2014 vintage
Wine Enthusiast2014 vintage
2014 was a prolific vintage of high quality fruit for the third straight year. A warm spring led to the earliest bud break we’ve had on record. Conditions remained ideal from bloom to set, leading to yields high in quantity and quality with the earliest harvest to date. The grape clusters in this vintage had a larger than average berry size that achieved optimal ripeness within a shortened time frame. The grapes were harvested from August 19 - October 10, 2014.
The 2014 Chardonnay is a great representation of the world class Chardonnay of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Aromatics of clover honey, toasted vanilla, citrus, and floral notes are accompanied by a palate of classic, lean acidity with pops of fresh lemon and pineapple. This wine finishes with nuances of delicate oak and roasted hazelnut.
Perfect paired with clam chowder or Chicken Dijon, this Chardonnay's combination of structure and concentration helps it stand up to a wide array of dishes, including poultry and rich fish and seafood, like crispy crab cakes garnished with green onion.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills
ACIDITY: 7.3 g/L
AGING: 17 months in 25% new French and American oak; world cooperage, boutes, and remond.
points of distinction
- A rich Chardonnay with 17 months of oak aging and wonderful buttery qualities typical of the region.
- Grown on south-facing hillside that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level and provide consistently cool, ocean-swept breezes – perfect for Chardonnay.
vineyard details +
Rancho Santa Rosa
A 460-acre property of which 230 acres are planted to vines, Rancho Santa Rosa is located on steep, south-facing hillsides with limestone soils—elements of terroir that are essential to Burgundian-style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vintners. Pinot Noir grows at the highest reaches of the ranch, with elevations to 1,000 feet. The Chardonnay is established on the rolling hills surrounding the winery. There are also four acres of Syrah planted on the western corridor. The Rancho Santa Rosa vineyard is subdivided into 59 microblocks that are farmed, harvested and vinified separately, which allows a meticulous level of observation and management of the vineyards, and vinification according to the specific requirements of each small block of fruit. A variety of soil types matched to appropriate rootstocks, and a broad array of clonal selections also give the winemaking team the opportunity to make wines of great diversity and character.
about the grape +
Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
– Dave Frazier, Winemaker
“The combination of climate and soil diversity found in the Sta. Rita Hills offer some of the best grape growing conditions I’ve ever seen.”