Pali, 2018 Chardonnay 'Highlands'

About The Wine

Until 2013, our focus in Sta. Rita Hills was directed exclusively on Pinot Noir. It wasn’t until we began searching for land to establish our own estate vineyard in the area that we discovered the naturally beautiful and world-class Chardonnay growing right at our doorstep. The very best Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnays have a deliciously distinct sea salt minerality, from the growing season’s maritime influence and one-time ocean floor soil that the grapes are rooted in. Our ‘Highlands’ is crafted from Chardonnay grapes grown on Pali Vineyard. This wine is expertly blended to capture the spirit of the region and express the unique flavors associated with Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay. Malolactic fermentation is inhibited, resulting in a crisp style of Chardonnay. The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested and then direct-pressed. Juice was pressed into barrels where a long, cool ferment took place. We stirred each barrel daily until bone-dry and then barrel-aged the wine for 300 days in 100% neutral French oak barrels.

The AVA

With a total area of 30,720 acres, the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is home to over 59 vineyards, totaling 2,700 hundred acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and 18 other cool climate wine grape varieties. The combination of a purely East/West maritime throat, poor marine-based soils, elevated calcium in the soil and the Pacific’s cooling influence through fog, wind and moderating summer heat combine to form one of the world’s best cool-climate viticulture areas for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Winemaker Notes

Partially inhibited malolactic fermentation preserves brighter and sharper primary characteristics like squeezed lemon, green apple, while also allowing rounder flavors of crme brulee and grilled peach to show through.

Pali, 2018 Chardonnay 'Highlands'

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About The Wine

Until 2013, our focus in Sta. Rita Hills was directed exclusively on Pinot Noir. It wasn’t until we began searching for land to establish our own estate vineyard in the area that we discovered the naturally beautiful and world-class Chardonnay growing right at our doorstep. The very best Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnays have a deliciously distinct sea salt minerality, from the growing season’s maritime influence and one-time ocean floor soil that the grapes are rooted in. Our ‘Highlands’ is crafted from Chardonnay grapes grown on Pali Vineyard. This wine is expertly blended to capture the spirit of the region and express the unique flavors associated with Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay. Malolactic fermentation is inhibited, resulting in a crisp style of Chardonnay. The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested and then direct-pressed. Juice was pressed into barrels where a long, cool ferment took place. We stirred each barrel daily until bone-dry and then barrel-aged the wine for 300 days in 100% neutral French oak barrels.

The AVA

With a total area of 30,720 acres, the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is home to over 59 vineyards, totaling 2,700 hundred acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and 18 other cool climate wine grape varieties. The combination of a purely East/West maritime throat, poor marine-based soils, elevated calcium in the soil and the Pacific’s cooling influence through fog, wind and moderating summer heat combine to form one of the world’s best cool-climate viticulture areas for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Winemaker Notes

Partially inhibited malolactic fermentation preserves brighter and sharper primary characteristics like squeezed lemon, green apple, while also allowing rounder flavors of crme brulee and grilled peach to show through.
$38.00
Club: $30.40
Join our club and save on our wine. Learn More

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