Sanford La Entrada Chardonnay
This was the first Chardonnay block chosen for a special bottling 11 years ago. “La Entrada” is a block of clone 15 at the entrance to La Rinconada Vineyard. The combination of clone and soil derived from Santa Ynez River deposits, gives amazing aromatics, lovely texture and age worthy structure. The 10th release of this cherished single block wine adds to its fine pedigree.
PROFILE & WINEMAKING
Bright golden, this full-bodied Chardonnay has great purity and focus on the nose and palate. Lemon and orange zest, grilled apricot and white flowers entice the nose. The well integrated palate delivers complex citrus flavors and marzipan, beautifully balanced with flinty minerality. The acidity nicely frames the fruit, and carries the wine to its lovely, long finish. Traditional Burgundian winemaking, including whole cluster pressing and barrel fermentation in the finest French barrels was employed to showcase this world class site. This classic, cool climate Chardonnay can pair with a wide range of cuisines from oysters and other shellfish to pasta with cream sauces.