This wine is pale straw gold in color with complex aromas that mesmerize your senses from first encounter. Its aromatics of citrus, Asian pear, honeydew melon and apple are followed by hints of slate and sea salt that invite you to delve into this wine. The natural balance, complexity and elegance of fruit can be attributed to the beauty in the Dijon Clones 76 and 96 and are accompanied with the sandy soils from the vineyard. The maritime influence highlights the lively crisp acidity and purity of fruit. The smooth rich texture elevates the mid-palate and heightens your senses. Lees stirring transcends this wine into a greater dimension. Neutral oak aging and no malolactic fermentation gives a complex round mouth feel that leads you directly into a long creamy yet vibrant finish.
Central Coast Wine Competition, June 2017 - Silver
San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2018 - Bronze
Hilliard Bruce Vineyard is located on the cool slopes near the western boundary of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. It is comprised of 15.7 acres of Pinot Noir and 5.3 acres of Chardonnay. The climate is defined by a cool and windy maritime influence, allowing the vines an extended growing season. The soil is comprised of sandy silt, which allows for fast drainage and ultimately, more complex flavors. The vineyard prides itself in being Sustainable in Practice (SIP), while maintaining the vineyard’s health and productivity.
The vintage of 2015 brought us lower yields and high quality in comparison to the past three vintages. These lower yields can be attributed to a longer bloom time due to cooler weather, strong winds, and rain. These untimely acts from Mother Nature ultimately affected berry set which brought us uneven ripening. This later led to clusters having fewer berries and in turn, lower yields. Following the unusual May gloom, the summer months were quite warm, which expedited maturity and therefore brought us an earlier harvest. The continuous drought also attributed to the vines ripening at a faster pace than normal. The overall vintage delivered excellent color development, great concentration and depth, while also maintaining balanced chemistries for excellent aging potential.
Food Pairing Notes
The crisp acidity and lasting mouthfeel of this Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay make it a perfect pairing for creamy soups or simply grilled fish with butter and parsley or a creamy sauce. Never to disappoint with sushi or a goat cheese and nut platter.
Cases Produced: 165