2016 Chardonnay: 7 Hour Lunch
"It was just supposed to be a friendly, first date lunch. 7 Hours Later, Steve and Laura knew they had found something special.
Our Courtney Vineyard Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills is the perfect lunch wine. By why stop, there? Our Chardonnay is made in the Burgundian style, a favorite of Steve’s, and can be enjoyed at any occasion."
- Steve Durie - Winemaker
Harvest Date: 09/15/65. Harvest Brix: 23.2 Winemaking: Grapes came in on 9/15 and were immediately whole-cluster pressed to a settling tank. After settling, the lot was inoculated with CY3079 yeast, and then barreled down to a combination of both new, once/twice used and neutral french oak barrels. The barrels were kept cool to ensure a slow fermentation and to preserve flavors. Primary fermentation finished in mid-October. Near the end of primary, the barrels were inoculated with malolactic bacteria to begin malic conversion. Partial conversion was allowed to occur slowly over the next few months. Barrels were stirred regularly during this time to suspend the lees and improve texture. Current Status: Alc #: 14.1% pH: 3.50 TA: 7.5 g/L. Appellation: Santa Rita Hills (Santa Barbara County). Vineyard/Fruit Description: The Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County is one of California’s premier cool-climate AVAs. It is also one of California’s smaller AVAs with 99% of its territory falling within the larger Santa Ynez Valley AVA. Intersected by Santa Ynez River, this picturesque region is located between the towns of Buellton and Lompoc in Santa Barbara County. The 52-acre Courtney’s Vineyard is a hillside property that features limestone-based soil types. As one would expect from the Sta. Rita Hills, this is a cool, coastally-influenced site. Planted with Clone 4.
Color: Bright yellow-gold. Aroma: Ripe yellow apple and tropical fruit with some vanilla and baking spice. Flavors: Bright, mouth-filling lemon curd with a bit of pineapple, and a touch of baking spice. Lots of energy.