Sanford Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay
The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is where it all began. In 1971 this was the first vineyard planted in what became a world class, cool climate appellation. This iconic vineyard now contains the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in Santa Barbara County. Between the history and the amazing quality of the fruit, many consider this site deserving of “Grand Cru” status. The 2016 vintage produced wines with rich texture and balanced acidity.
PROFILE & WINEMAKING
Light golden with a slight green hue, the 2016 Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay entices with aromas of white peach, lemon peel, white flowers and spearmint. The focused palate is bright and tense, with notes of lemon preserves and minerality. This is always our most “old world” Chardonnay. The fruit from this old, own rooted vineyard block was gently whole cluster pressed and fermented in French Oak, where it was allowed to gently age for 16 months with occasional lees stirring. Only 13 barrels were selected for this bottling.
94 Points: "Very minerally, crisp, earthy, and long. As close to Burgundy as any California wine I’ve recently tasted. Creamy yet super lively, setting up a delicious “tension” of opposites." - Karen MacNeil
94 Points: “Fairly light and delicate aromas of lemon peel, lemongrass and the slightest hint of warm buttercream show on the nose of this bottling from the region's most historic vineyard. There is a great sizzle to the palate, with fresh flavors of white flower and lemon zest that lead to an amazingly long and smooth finish.” – Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast