2016 Gainey Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay SKU #1383865

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K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The wine boasts fresh golden apple, spiced pear and melon aromas with citrus and mineral undertones and hints of vanilla, honey and oak spice. Rich and creamy on the palate, its succulent honeyed apple, white peach, lemon-lime and mineral flavors are nicely accented by subtle, spicy oak tones in the long, refreshing finish. Delicious now, this superb Santa Rita Hills chardonnay will drink beautifully over the next 2-3 years. Our Estate Grown Chardonnay is a blend of grapes from our two ideally situated Santa Rita Hills vineyards: Rancho Esperanza, located on the western edge and Evan’s Ranch located on the eastern edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA. The Santa Rita Hills appellation is located approximately 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Rancho Esperanza produces a bright lean style of chardonnay with citrus and mineral notes and great acidity. We complete the blend with Evan’s Ranch fruit to fill in with richness and ripe apple components. Blending this prime fruit together allows us to craft a deeply flavorful, beautifully textured and delightfully complex chardonnay."

Staff Reviews

  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A California Chard for white Burgundy lovers! This is a beautifully focused, bright, mineral driven Chardonnay with tons of verve and brisk ocean air qualities. No big, gloopy / oaky / buttery here...this is more like Chablis, with zingy citrus tones, green apple, salty minerals, freshly baked bread and a bright crisp finish. A lovely Chard for seafood...maybe Crab or scallops. Amazing value when you consider it is entirely estate grown and bottled, from mature vines, in the super-premium region of Sta. Rita Hills. This is very tough to beat...don't miss this razor sharp price!
    Top Value!


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