Santa Barbara County is internationally known for it’s beautiful Chardonnays. Grown in the cooler climate of the Santa Maria appellation, our 2012 Chardonnay was sourced entirely from the old vines of Goodchild Vineyard. Hand-harvested at their peak physiological ripeness, the grapes were gently whole cluster pressed to stainless a steel tank. Approximately 85% of the wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel, while 15% fermented in approximately 1/3rd new French oak barrels for 13 months, and underwent 100% malolactic fermentation.
This well-structured blend of two distinctly different styles fuses together the bright acidity and powerful fruit forward aromas from the stainless steel portion with the deep, rich, buttery and toasty oak portion. A complex array of aromas like mango, pear, lemon meringue and key lime are interwoven with deep vanilla bean, sweet cream, and butterscotch aromas produced from the French oak. Although drinkable now, this wine will improve with a few years of proper cellaring.
100% Goodchild Vineyard Chardonnay
Aged in 85% stainless steel & 15% French oak
480 cases produced. 14.2% alcohol. 3.35 pH. Dry