2018 Lincourt Courtney's Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills
The 2018 Courtney’s Chardonnay offers aromatics of dried honeysuckle flower and chamomile tea with accents of citrus blossom. With bold acidity and ribbons of minerality, this wine is lean with a faint kaffir lime flower finish on the palate. This fruit-focused wine features neutral oak selections to showcase the purest expression of a Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay.
The 2018 vintage kicked off with an extremely unusual heat spike in February that sent the vines into a rapid, early start but was quickly followed by a cold spell. Frost events had longer duration than prior years and the season continued its cold to moderate temperature pattern through May. The first pop of real heat finally arrived mid-June and temperatures remained moderate the rest of the growing season allowing the grapes to gradually ripen. We started picking 3 weeks later than typical but the rich flavor profiles were worth the wait.
Santa Rita Hills
September 24 - November 2, 2018
16 months in concrete vessel and neutral French oak
April 8, 2020
The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank. 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 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 18 months of aging sur lie in French oak barrels and concrete, the wine was blended and bottled.
At Lincourt, we believe that a vibrant, living environment has a positive effect on the health of the vines and the character and quality of the wines. To ensure the vitality of our land and the authenticity of our wines, we use sustainable methods in all of our farming, winemaking and business practices. 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.