This straw colored wine is flatteringly easy to enjoy. Its aromatics of green apple, lemon zest, and white peach hit you with their exuberant charms from the first encounter. The wine’s mineral and citrus propelled flavor creates a brisk acidity that tingles your taste buds. The texture is crisp, yet creamy which coats your mouth and leaves the palate wanting more.
93 SCORE – Wine Enthusiast, September 2016
90 SCORE – Terroirist.com, May 2016
GOLD STAR – Santé, May 2016
Estate Oak Club $25.50 /bottle Reserve Oak Club $24.00 /bottle
The vintage of 2014 brought a third year in a row of excellent wines. We saw a shorter growing season, with one of the earliest harvests on record. This was due to a mild winter, early budbreak, and a mild summer that led to picking three weeks earlier than last year. Some of the late ripeners came in sooner than expected which led to a compressed harvest towards the end of picking. Overall we saw a little more rainfall than in 2013, but it still proved to be a record-breaking drought year. We also saw an above normal crop size with higher juice yields.
Hilliard Bruce Vineyard is located on the cool slopes near the western boundary of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. It is comprised of 15.7 acres of Pinot Noir and 5.3 acres of Chardonnay. The climate is defined by a cool and windy maritime influence, allowing the vines an extended growing season. The soil is comprised of sandy silt, which allows for fast drainage and ultimately, more complex flavors. The vineyard prides itself in being Sustainable in Practice (SIP), while maintaining the vineyard’s health and productivity.
The crisp acidity and lasting mouthfeel of this Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay make it a perfect pairing for creamy soups or salad dressings as well as juicy, fat-driven appetizers such as fresh or grilled oysters. Never to disappoint with a cheese and nut platter, this Chablis style Chardonnay pairs well with a brie, blue, and cantal cheese.