2018 Lincourt Zoula Nunn Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
Named after Proprietor Bill Foley’s mother, our Zoula Nunn Chardonnay is the boldest of our black label series. On the nose, aromatics of fresh baked vanilla wafer cookies and fresh pineapple shine through this 2018 Chardonnay. This wine has a rich mouthfeel with opulent notes of butterscotch candy, crème de caramel, and vanilla latte.
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.
100% Chardonnay from Rancho Santa Rosa East, Block 32B and 33E
Sta. Rita Hills
September 24 - November 2, 2018
18 months in French oak, 60% new
April 8, 2020
The grapes were gently whole cluster pressed and transferred to stainless steel tank after harvest. Regular stirring of the lees imparted additional viscosity and complexity. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% of which were new.
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. It features 59 individual micro-blocks delineated by terroir, soil type, elevation, grade and exposure to the maritime winds off the Pacific Ocean.