Aged 18 months in 78% new French oak, the entry level 2016 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County is a winner. Sourced from throughout the Santa Barbara County and aged 18 months in 78% new barrels, it offers a big bouquet of tropical fruits, pineapple, apple blossom, white flowers, and hints of spice. It's pure, silky and elegant on the palate, with nicely integrated acidity as well as big finish. It's well worth seeking out, and while it’s the entry level cuvée of the estate, it’s a match for just about every other Chardonnay out there.
The 2016 Chardonnay Santa Barbara has an open nose of soft Golden Delicious apple, poached pear and lemon pith with hints of baker's yeast, toast and sliced almonds. Medium-bodied, it has a good core of ripe tree fruits with juicy acidity and touches of honeycomb coming through on the finish. (EB)
Rich aromas of brioche and sweet butter are cut by chalky lemon pith and candied citrus rind on the nose of this blend of fruit from John Sebastiano and Sierra Madre vineyards. The chalky mouthfeel presents flavors of grapefruit, toasted croissant and a drawn-butter element toward the finish. (MK)
The 2016 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County) is soft, open-knit and inviting, with lovely yellow orchard fruit and floral character. Tropical overtones add nuance to this very pretty, expressive Chardonnay. Vineyard sources are Sierra Madre and Peake Ranch. (AG)
Finely textured, with juicy white fruit flavors that feature plenty of toasty notes. Creamy accents show on the finish. Drink now. (KM, Web Only-2019)
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