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 Meyer lemon zest, fresh cut melon and honeycomb. The nose is complemented by mandarin 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: 14.1% by volume
Acidity: 5.8 g/L
Aging: 10 months
Oak Profile: Exclusively French Oak—24% New Barrels
Native Yeast: Fermentation 30%
Release Date: October 2022