This wine is crafted from premium Chardonnay grapes grown throughout the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Malolactic fermentation was partially inhibited, which yields a rich, yet crisp Chardonnay. Aged in 20% new French oak for 16 months, and bottled in January 2020.
The "Highlands" Chardonnay is crafted from fruit grown on both our Pali Estate Vineyard and the Chapel Vineyard (formerly Huber Vineyard) located in the esteemed Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Several Chardonnay clones are included in this wine: the Wente clone from Chapel Vineyard as well as Clone 17 (aka Robert Young) and Clone 37 (aka Dijon Clone 95) from the Pali Vineyard. This wine was barrel-fermented and barrel-aged for 15 months, using 30% new French oak, prior to bottling in December 2018.
Pali Vineyard spans 50 acres and is located in Gypsy Canyon along the Hwy 246 corridor in the Sta. Rita Hills. Planted entirely to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals in 2012, our vineyard sits on a gentle, southeast-facing slope comprised mostly of sandy soils. Made from Clone 95, this elegant, mineral and acid-driven wine was barrel-fermented and barrel-aged sur-lie with regular batonage of the less, which contributes to a more luxurious mouthfeel. The wine was aged in a combination of new (50%) and neutral French oak (50%) for 16 months and bottled in May 2019.
Established in 1986, Chapel Vineyards (formerly Huber Vineyard) is one of the oldest vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills appellation. This vineyard, planted primarily to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines, has been meticulously cared for and maintained over its long history. Located in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills, the vineyard benefits from the appellation's cool climate, ocean breezes, coastal fog and incredible soils. This Chardonnay is fermented in small lots, barrel-aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak. Bottled April 2019.
Planted in 2012, our 50-acre vineyard is located in Gypsy Canyon along the Hwy 246 corridor and sits on a gentle, Southeast-facing slope with mostly sandy soils. Extremely low yields from this harvest afforded us limited, but high-quality fruit to craft this wine. Made from Clones 17 and 37, this wine was barrel-fermented and barrel-aged in a combination of new and neutral French oak for 14 months and bottled in January 2018.
“The 2014 Chardonnay Huber Vineyard has a classy bouquet of buttered orchard fruits, charcoal, toasted bread and spice. Barrel-fermented (malolactic fermentation was mostly blocked) and aged 15 months in 30% new French oak, drink this rounded, layered, yet still fresh and lively white over the coming 4-5 years.”
- Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com
2013 Huber Chardonnay is our first release from this classic Sta. Rita Hills vineyard. Bright, golden straw color. The nose is overflowing with hints of butterscotch and salty ocean air. The palate explodes with lemons and pears highlighted with a dancing minerality on the tongue. Finishes with flavors of key lime pie. It was barrel fermented using minimal amounts of new French Oak.