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