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2018 Lincourt Courtney's Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills

2018 Lincourt Courtney's Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills

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SKU: 105903

This wine offers aromas of fresh citrus coupled with a bright acidity and lean minerality on the palate. Reminiscent of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, this wine pairs perfectly with a variety of sea fare such as oysters and shrimp scampi.


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.

Winemaker Notes

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.

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Wine Specs

Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Santa Rita Hills
Harvest Date
September 24 - November 2, 2018
Acid
6.77 g/L
pH
3.3
Aging
16 months in concrete vessel and neutral French oak
Bottling Date
April 8, 2020
Alcohol %
14.1

Production Notes

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.

Vineyard Notes

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.

Production

171 cases