There’s only one way to describe our Rancho Santa Rosa estate vineyard: serene. Located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, this stunning, south-facing hillside features vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The soils are marine-based and the weather is consistently cool thanks to moist ocean breezes that sweep the property daily. The vineyard is farmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with much smaller properties. In fact, the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard was originally conceived as a series of individual micro-vineyards delineated by soil, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstock and clone.
Delightfully elegant floral notes of orange blossom, linden, and honey-suckle awaken your senses. Flavors are fresh andinviting on the palate with bright minerality complemented by zippy tangerine fruit. Soft oak notes linger on the finish withflavors of nutmeg, vanilla and toasted pecans. This 2013 has enough body to stand up to a wide array of foods and thebalance to drink well on its own.
Pairs perfectly with clam chower or Chicken Dijon, this Chardonnay's combination of structure and concentration helps it stand up to a wide array of dishes, including poultry and rich fish and seafood, like lobster and salmon.