Solomon Hills Chardonnay

Solomon Hills has only one block of Chardonnay and is separated into an upper and lower portion. The lower portion contains our aromatic clones, which make up the base of our Chardonnay. We planted this in 1999 and it always shows a distinct green tone. Papaya, Guava and Lemon Verbena are consistent tasting notes. Because of the well-drained, beach like soils, the vines at Solomon Hills always struggle. The oak is much less noticeable and the minerality much higher here. The winemaking mimics exactly that of Bien Nacido Estate; always whole-cluster pressed, native fermented and aged in 20% new Damy barrels produced in Meursault. Because Solomon Hills is so cold throughout the season, the wines have great acidity and our Chardonnay always goes 100% through malolactic conversion, and are aged for a total of 16 months in both wood and steel.

Vineyard Sites

Estate: Solomon Hills Vineyard
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
County: Santa Barbara
Vyd Area: 10 Miles From The Pacific Ocean This Site Is The Furthest West In Santa Maria, Its Also One Of The Coolest Areas In The Valley

Varietal

Chardonnay - Clone 76, 95, 96

Vine Age

Planted in 1999

Yield

1.7 tons/acre

Alcohol

12.9%

Cases

380

Points

ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST CA CHARDONNAYS - Wine & Spirits
94 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
93 Points - Vinous
92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points - Wine & Spirit

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ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST CA CHARDONNAYS - Wine & Spirits
94 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
93 Points - Vinous
92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
91 Points - Wine & Spirit

Soils

Garey Series; a marine based wind deposited loamy sand that at one time was the sea bed.