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Sanford Chardonnay Santa Rita Hill 2011

Sanford Chardonnay Santa Rita Hill 750ML 2011      
Sku: 6836

 Wine Advocate 87 points (Aug 2014)
The 2011 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills is a pretty, classy effort that offers up scents of apple blossom, citrus, leafy herbs and a touch of oak in its medium-bodied, straightforward profile. Coming from the La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict vineyard and barrel-fermented and aged 8 months in 25% new French oak, it should drink nicely for 2-3 years.

Wine maker notes
Our 2010 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay comes exclusively from our two estate vineyards in heart of this cool climate appellation. The 2010 vintage was low yielding, itense, but balanced, resulting from a cool summer followed by a short heat wave in September. This produced intense, but elegant wines with great structure. This hand harvested, barrel fermented Chardonnay shows intriguing aromas of citrus, pineapple, and toasted hazelnut. In addition to the bright fruit, this wine has complex floral characters and minerality that carries through its long finish. This full bodied wine has nice acidity to keep it in balance and makes a nice complement to most seafood, poultry and pasta with lighter sauces, and makes an excellent pairing with mushrooms (especially chanterelles and morels).

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Barbara County
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
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