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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2014 Chardonnay
Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Chardonnay

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Chardonnay

Vineyard Sources:
Zotovich 61%; Kessler-Haak 39%

Production: 58 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.2%
pH: 3.28
Titratable acidity: 0.73 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Two to four years
Bottle price: $30

The Harvest

This limited-production Chardonnay features fruit sourced from Zotovich and Kessler-Haak vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. The grapes were harvested August 28th and 29th, 2014, with an average of 22.0 Brix sugar content and excellent acidity.

Winemaking

The grapes were pressed as whole clusters, and the juice settled before being transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation. Just 14% of this blend was aged in new oak. The wines aged in the same barrels for 10 months prior to being blended and bottled in August 2015.

The Wine

The wine has a light straw gold color. The aromas are of tropical fruits and apples with a hint of lime. The wine is medium bodied with flavors similar to the aromas;its excellent acidity gives the wine a crisp lingering finish. The wine is developing intriguing flavors of butterscotch and caramel in the finish.

Food Pairings

This elegant, well-balanced Chardonnay will accompany a wide variety of foods,including sweet corn bisque, roasted chicken dishes, and white fish sautéed inbutter or olive oil.

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