2014 Lincourt Steel Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
This 2014 Steel Chardonnay possesses great depth and body, showcasing the estate vineyard's unique terroir. Citrus zest aromas lead into rich notes of lemon honey, kumquat and key lime on the palate. The refreshing mouthfeel is followed by a bright acidity and minerality.
Food Pairing Notes
This Chardonnay is best enjoyed chilled as an aperitif on a summer evening.
99% Chardonnay, 1% Pinot Blanc
Sta. Rita Hills
100% Stainless steel
April 29, 2016
The grapes were handpicked in the cool, early morning hours to retain fruit integrity. After whole cluster pressing, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks using a special yeast strain that is ideal for cool-climate Chardonnay. To emphasize freshness, varietal purity and regional character, malolactic fermentation was prevented.
The 2014 vintage was another solid year in the Sta. Rita Hills. It was our third consecutive abundant vintage with high quality fruit and large yields. The earliest bud break on record followed by a warm growing season led to the earliest harvest to date. Conditions remained ideal from bloom to set only minimally burdened by the typical afternoon winds that sweep through Sta. Rita Hills.