Wine Spectator Magazine: 90 Points
Our Santa Cruz Mountains’ Chardonnay has become one of our most anticipated releases each year. In 2016, we sourced the fruit from the Bruzzone family’s vineyard in the Glen Canyon and Granite Creek watersheds of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Here the ancient raised seabed soils and true Region I cool climate provide perfect conditions for growing Chardonnay.
After hand-sorting the fruit, the free run and light press juice began primary fermentation, using yeast D254 in French barrels. Malo-lactic fermentation was induced. The wine was aged for ten months in small French oak cooperage, twenty-five percent of which was new wood; the lees were “stirred” twice monthly. Our 2016 S.V. Santa Cruz Mountains’ Chardonnay is a gorgeous example of a great vineyard site paired to detailed winemaking.
On the nose, pineapple, pear, honeysuckle, and lemon are complemented by notes of almond and vanilla. These characters carry over to the palate, where they are joined by bright acidity and a light touch of oak. A perfect match with roast chicken, cream-sauced pastas, and flavorful cheeses. Enjoy now through 2020. Only 227 cases produced.
Bruzzone family’s vineyard in the Glen Canyon and Granite Creek watersheds of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Cooperage: Ten months in small French oak cooperage, twenty-five percent of which was new wood;