From the Winery: Our estate-grown Chardonnay fruit was picked and hand-sorted in the vineyard before spending the night in our cold room. Chilled grapes were softly pressed and the juice was gently pumped into a stainless steel tank and cold settled. Once the heavy solids were removed, the juice was racked to a stainless steel fer- mentor, then inoculated for primary fermentation. Following primary fermentation, the wine was racked to barrels, inoculated for malo- lactic fermentation, then periodically stirred to enhance depth and mouthfeel. The 2019 Sea Smoke Chardonnay was aged for a total of 10 months prior to bottling with no fining and no filtration.
An elegant Chardonnay with aromas of orange zest, ripe melon and honeysuckle. Complemented by mango and a slight nuttiness in the focused mid-palate and the refreshing cool climate acidity of our estate vineyard.
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard: Exclusively Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
Acidity: 6.3 g/L
Aging: 10 months
Oak Profile: Exclusively French Oak—24% New Barrels Native Yeast: Fermentation 30%
Release Date: October 2021