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2014 Chardonnay, Tin Shack
Rita's Crown Vineyard

2014 Chardonnay, Tin Shack
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sta. Rita Hills
Alcohol %
14.1
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As soon as I saw this section of 100% Dijon clone 76 vines standing alone at the highest elevation in the Sta. Rita Hills, I was completely on board.  The soil here is comprised of fossilized seashells, diatomaceous earth, and Gazos clay loam that impart a distinctive minerality to the wine.  Considering the amazing location this fruit is grown in, I wanted to craft a wine that would be as true to the location as possible.  It was fermented in stainless steel to keep the freshness and minerality right up front but then aged, on its lees, in older, neutral French oak barrels to help soften and round out the considerable amount of natural acidity the wine possesses.   It went partially through malo-lactic fermentation to further soften the wine but was stopped before the wine was able to develop the buttery aroma often associated with Chardonnay.

Tasting Note: Beautiful shimmering gold in color.  The aroma is packed with crisp, bright lemons and citrus zest. Much more minerality on the nose than the 2012.  On the pallet the wine strikes with lean, crisp lemon driven acidity and makes your mouth water.  There is enough fruit weight to balance that acidity however and the impact of the two is striking.  The finish lingers with more of the crushed stone and citrus zest along with a tinge of the creamy quality we get from aging on the lees.

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  • Only 70 cases produced
  • 100% clone 76 from Rita’s Crown Vineyard
  • 14.1% alcohol
  • pH 3.41
  • TA 0.71g/100ml
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sta. Rita Hills
Alcohol %
14.1
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