Santa Barbara Winery Sta. Rita Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2014

Santa Barbara Winery Sta. Rita Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2014


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We give this wine a "reserve" designation because these grapes are harvested from distinct soil types and Chardonnay clones that yield the greatest flavor concentration and fruit intensity. The resulting wine is full-bodied and richly textured with complexity of flavor further enhanced by barrel fermentation. 'Sur lie' lets the fermented wine 'sit' over the sediment created by fermentation. The barrels are stirred frequently to better absorb the flavors of the 'lies' (pronounced 'lees'). The resulting wine has aromatic and flavor intensity complementing the rich character of this Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay.
Category White Wine
Region California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
Brand Santa Barbara Winery
Alcohol/vol 14.7%
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastWarm butter and light toasted oak scents meld with smoked lemon and walnut hints on the nose of this reserve bottling. The palate is soft and almost sweet upon entry, its cashew and roasted apple flavors buttressed by a grippy tannic texture.

Matt Kettmann, July 1, 2017
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Wine SpectatorMouthfilling flavors of ginger, gooseberry and white berry are focused and well-proportioned. Smoky hints show midpalate, followed by a suave finish loaded with delicate citrus, spice and dried herbal notes. Drink now through 2021. 1,727 cases made.-KM

Kim Marcus, June 30, 2017