2020 La Rinconada Vineyard One Night Stand Chardonnay
Sta. Rita Hills
Sta. Rita Hills
Vibrant aromas of honeysuckle, crisp peach, elderflower and nectarine frangiapane tart generate a mouthwatering effect. Complex flavors of kumquat, earthy wildflower honey, ripe peach and dried apricot unfurl on the palate, with a hint of delicious baked Brie on the finish. The texture is simultaneously voluptuous and tangy, with juicy acidity and an unctuous quality that contributes to incredible persistence on the palate. This wine is as fun to intellectualize as it is to drink.
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. This wine was made from a portion of our Dijon clone 76 block that was soaked overnight on skins for a “one night stand”.