2018 Reserve Chardonnay
Sta. Rita Hills
The Sta. Rita Hills AVA has achieved much acclaim for its Chardonnays, and this classic lives up to its Reserve title. The grapes came from five Chardonnay clones on the Lafond property, and fruit from Hilltop Ranch, one of the oldest vineyards in the area. 100% barrel fermentation and aging, with additional malolactic fermentation, has resulted in a beautifully creamy, complex wine.
Lafond Vineyard; Hilltop Ranch
September 13 - October 5, 2018
22.7 - 24.3 Brix
September 5-6, 2019
The 2018 Reserve Chardonnay oozes sophistication with rich, fully-ripe aromas and flavors. Baking spice and oak meet the nose as pineapple and vanilla coat the tongue, leading to a smooth, honey finish.
62% Lafond Vineyard; 38% Hilltop Ranch; Sta. Rita Hills AVA
100% barrel fermented; malolactic fermentation; aged sur lie 10mos; 1890 cases produced
This wine was chosen from the best barrels of the five Chardonnay clones we grow at our Lafond Vineyard. In addition, we chose fruit from the lowest-vigor blocks at Hilltop Ranch, our neighbor. Hilltop Ranch was planted in the late 1970s and is one of the oldest Chardonnay sources in Sta. Rita Hills.
Food Pairing Notes
Vegetable risotto; fried chicken; salads with creamy dressing