2016 Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
91 Points - Wine Spectator
Fresh white flower, vanilla wafer, and citrus aromatics reminiscent of lemon meringue pie are the first impressions. Fermented and aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels which impart a touch of coconut sweetness and warm tones of vanilla that compliment the citrus fruit notes and bright acidity. This wine is truly a flagship of Sta. Rita Hills with pineapple fruit tone and bright minerality and beautiful balance. This is the perfect brunch or summer chardonnay.
Sta. Rita Hills
August 26, 2016 - October 4, 2016
10 months in neutral French oak
July 17, 2017
As part of the original Spanish Land Grant, Rancho Santa Rosa is one of Santa Barbara’s most historic properties. This beautiful south-facing hillside climbs from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The grapes were gently wholecluster pressed and transferred to juice tanks after harvest. Next, after a day of cold-settling, the juice was racked to neutral French oak barrels and a concrete vessel. It was then fermented using native yeast and bacteria for primary and secondary fermentation. With intention, no new oak was applied to the wine in order to highlight the fruit, terroir, and concrete vessel. After 10 months of aging sur lie in French oak barrels and concrete, the wine was blended and bottled.
All of the fruit was harvested in the Santa Ynez Valley from August 26 to October 4, 2016. The fruit was hand harvested in the early morning hours. After whole cluster pressing, the grapes were fermented at low temperatures to retain aromatics. The wine was fermented and aged in 100% stainless steel tanks with no malolactic to ensure bright flavors and crisp texture.