2020 Firestone Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County
92 Points - James Suckling
This wine offers aromas of stone fruit, apricot notes and a hint of toasted brioche. Bright and lively on the palate, crisp peach notes give way to lush and creamy toasted oak on the finish.
The 2020 season began with minimal rain during winter — pushing Santa Barbara County into drought conditions —followed by average bud break in March and a mild spring. Summer brought relatively mild temperatures and one extreme heat spike in late August, with our vineyard weather stations recording 118F! Harvest began September 3rd, and mild weather through most of the month allowed us to pick each vineyard block at the optimal time. Harvest was completed on November 3rd.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine pairs beautifully with prosciutto and melon, caprese and assorted light meats and cheeses.
77% Chardonnay, 13% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Rousanne
9 months in French oak, 15% new
50% malolactic fermentation
Our Chardonnay is blended with small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and Rousanne to add structure and complexity, while retaining its crispness from only 50% malolactic fermentation.
Santa Barbara County's patchwork quilt of micro-climates and unique terrain provide the ideal conditions for growing grapes, like our Firestone Chardonnay. This wine is comprised of grapes from select vineyard lots on our estate that are blended together to create a delicious, lively, medium-bodied Chardonnay.
3,000 cases produced