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Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

2021
Santa Barbara
Central Coast
California
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Pres-KEEL SANT-a BAR-ba-ra COUNT-ee Shar-do-NAY
Varietal
Chardonnay
$24
Flavors
Lemon Lemon
White Peach White Peach
Ginger Ginger
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Palate Character

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COLOR
Pale Straw Yellow
BODY
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
12.8%
GRAPE(S)
Chardonnay
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Why this wine made the cut…
Restraint, elegance, and respect for the terroir.
Santa Rita Hills, California
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Chardonnay
100% Shar-do-NAY
Chardonnay may be the most versatile white wine grape, often seen as a blank canvas. It displays various flavors and aromas depending on where it is grown and more specifically, how it is made. It can range in Palate Character from Bright & Crisp to Rich & Full depending on the climate. It is also particularly malleable and highly affected by winemaking choices like as malolactic fermentation, lees stirring, barrel fermentation and ageing practices.
Country / State
California
Region
Central Coast
Sub Region
Santa Barbara
Producer
Presqu'ile
Winemaker(s)
Dieter Cronje
Vintage
2021

Presqu'ile

Santa Rita Hills, California

After an exhaustive search, the Murphy family found an unplanted 200-acre property in the Santa Maria Valley. 16 miles from the Pacific ocean, it was perfect for the elegant style of pinot noir and chardonnay that the family and winemaker Dieter Cronje sought to produce. 

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The approach to the vineyard design was a strategy of combining terroir and diversity. They mapped the site's deep sandy soils, distinct airflows, exposures, and elevations before planting in order to facilitate decision-making about row directions, spacing, clones, and even the rootstocks.

The estate is located in between the San Rafael mountains to the north and the Solomon Hills to the south, which helps to funnel cool air from the Pacific and create a long growing season that yields elegant, balanced pinot noir and chardonnay with good acidity.