Lafond Chardonnay SRH Series 2014
The Santa Rita Hills is a small appellation at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley that has gained national recognition for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Valley runs west to east, opening a gap in the coastal range, allowing the late afternoon ocean fog to roll in where it lingers until early morning. The surrounding hills trap the fog before it is dissipated in the wider Santa Ynez Valley.
The fog cools the vines from the day's summer heat and it is this combination of warm days and cool nights that gives the wine its complexity as well as providing acidity to give it structure.
Winemaker's comments: Our new planting of Chardonnay is well represented. Five different clones planted in a range of soils from marine sand to loam with a clay subsurface. The Hilltop component is from 35 year old vines. The range of flavors from the variety of clones and soils truly expresses our SRH Chardonnay.
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