2016 Solomon Hills ChardonnayHand harvested at night, and whole cluster pressed. It was then barrel fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentation. Aging was sur lie for 16 months in French oak; 25% new. This wine was bottled unfiltered.
Exotic aromas of lemon verbena, oysters, iodine, and wet rock on the nose. The flavors of this vintage echo the nose along with a focused and very textural mid-palate.
Vineyard SitesSolomon Hills Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley. 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, this Chardonnay is planted on the western edge of the Santa Maria Valley appellation. This site is not only the furthest west in Santa Maria but its also one of the coolest.
VarietalChardonnay, clone 75, 95, 96
Vine AgePlanted in 1999
Points94 Points ~ Antonio Galloni
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94 Points ~ Antonio Galloni