2009 Alma Rosa Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

SKU #1084893 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light gold. Peach, honey and an herbal note on the lively nose. Taut and energetic, with good focus and concentration to its flavors of peach, pineapple, honey and mint. Tangy acidity adds cut and a slightly tart edge to the bright, linear finish.  (11/2011)

Wine Spectator

 Tight and well-focused, offering a complex band of spice, green apple and pear, lemon and citrus blossom, with a clean, lively finish. Drink now through 2018. (Web-only, 2012)

K&L Notes

Richard Sanford of Sanford Winery founded Alma Rosa in 2005 as an entirely new and dedicated venture. The operation is dedicated to organic vineyard practices and wines that are food friendly and high acid in style. These qualities are made possible by the marine climate of Santa Barbara county and particularly the Sta. Rita Hills. This Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is what you could consider a perfect "summmer wine".

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By: Winfield | Review Date: 7/31/2012
I love this wine, it has such an authentic freshness about it. Flavor profile that brings white burg and Santa Barbara together. Bright acidity, medium-long finish. Excellent food wine.

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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Sants Inez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, chardonnay and pinot noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2