2019 Lincourt Steel Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
Our 2019 Steel Chardonnay has aromatics of fresh lemon lime flower with hints of fresh guava juice. On the palate, it has a bright citrus pop with accents of nectarine and fresh yellow peach that linger on the finish. This is the perfect spring time brunch wine.
93% Chardonnay, 7% Grüner Veltliner
Sta. Rita Hills
September 24 - November 2, 2018
December 2, 2019
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 2019 vintage started off with an extended cool growing season staging us for a later than normal start date to harvest. We had some concerns, but just like clockwork, we got some intense Labor Day heat which pushed the vines to maturation. The disease pressure was low and quality was good so having a little patience was a good virtue to possess. We also had the anomaly of a hard frost the first week of October with temperatures dipping down to 29° in some of the lower elevation blocks pushing us to pull in the last bit of fruit quickly. Harvest wrapped up on October 23 with mother nature delivering us a roller coaster of weather but with it a nuance and diversity of fruit expression.