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2016 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay  - Lutum Wines

2016 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay

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Soil Type: Gazos Clay Loam
Slope: 15-30%

Tasting Notes

"The 2016 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard wafts from the glass with aromas of lemon oil, grapefruit, citrus blossom and white currants. On the palate, the wine is supple, medium-bodied and delicately textured, with lovely purity and chalky back-end grip."
– The Wine Advocate 92+ Points 

Notes from Winemaker

Sanford & Benedict is our oldest site dating back to 1971. The combination of vine age, climate and amazing soils makes this one of our core vineyards and we are privileged to work with this fruit. 
These grapes were harvested in two separate days, allowing us to pick at ideal ripeness. The fruit was pressed into French oak barrels (42% new), where it stayed for 13 months before being racked and lightly fined. It was then returned to barrel before being bottled unfiltered in January of 2018.

100% Chardonnay
Sta. Rita Hills/ Santa Barbara County
Harvest dates: September 16th and 21st
Brix: 22.9
pH at harvest: 3.25
Finished alcohol: 13.5

Critics Scores

92+ Points- Robert Parker's, Wine Advocate
94 Points- Vinous, Antonio Galloni
96 Points- Jeb Dunnuck