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2019 La Rinconada Vineyard Chardonnay

2019 La Rinconada Vineyard Chardonnay

Sta. Rita Hills

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Tasting Notes
Generous layers of dried flowers, beeswax, and lemon balm introduce this Chardonnay from La Rinconada. Aromas of pear tart with hints of apple blossoms unwind slowly from the glass. Mineral laden in essence, plenty of citrus fruits and bright green apple interact with a subtle salinity that persists from beginning to end.
Vineyard Notes
In 1971 Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict took a chance on a spring fed farm on the north facing slopes of the east west traversing Santa Ynez River on California’s Central Coast and planted what became Sanford & Benedict Vineyards to Pinot Noir. Planted in 1997, the La Rinconada Vineyard sits adjacent to Sanford & Benedict, and contains 12 clones within 20 vineyard blocks. La Rinconada is primarily planted to Pinot Noir, but is complemented by some very special Chardonnay vines. The success of these sites depends on the maritime influences of the Pacific Ocean. The movement of fog and cooling winds up valley and the soil, a living medium of minerals and organic material, is quite unique to this growing region. A byproduct of receding seas, river-deposited particles, landslides and the slow weathering of ancient stone, which in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA includes shale, serpentine, and sandstone. The lower portion of La Rinconada sits on sandy loam, but transitions to clay loam, diatomaceous earth and shale on the hills closer to Sanford & Benedict.

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