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2017 Racines "Bentrock Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1443326 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Another expression of the consistently excellent Bentrock Vineyard, this example is a collaboration between Justin Willett and Etienne de Montille. Sourced from two separate north-facing parcels, the nose here is linear and nervy, with aromas of lime zest and lemon curd. The palate is silky and fine, consisting of Granny Smith apples, pineapple rinds, Graham crackers and breakfast cereal. The finish is angular, focussed and long. A great showing and, considering the team involved, it will surely be sought after. Drinking Window 2019 - 2039 (ML) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chardonnay Bentrock Vineyard is a striking wine that captures the essence of this rugged hillside site on the western edge of the appellation. Bright and finely sculpted, the 2017 is just loaded with character. Lemon peel, mint, white flowers, crushed rocks and intense saline notes build into the mineral-drenched finish. This is such a spectacular debut, not to mention a very pure expression of Bentrock. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chardonnay Bentrock Vineyard gives up gregarious, mineral-driven layers of ripe quince, white peach, apple pie, lemon cream and accents of nutmeg, chalk and river stone. It's light to medium-bodied with intense, nuanced fruits wound up with tangy acidity and finishing long, layered and textured. Yes! (EB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: Racines is a collaboration between four great voices of wine. Justin Willett of Lieu Dit and Tyler has been joined in his home appellation, the Sta. Rita Hills, by Étienne de Montille and Brian Sieve of Domaine de Montille and Rodolphe Péters of Pierre Péters. Together, they are marrying the time-honored techniques of Burgundy and Champagne with the pioneering energy of California - and, in the process, they are rediscovering the nuances of the appellation’s most iconic vineyards. New cooperage and custom vats, tailored to Étienne’s technique, have been imported. The Chardonnays are raised with more finessing of the fine lees and longer élevage. The results are immediately apparent in the glass: these are tensile and crystalline expressions of the Sta. Rita Hills - at once familiar and rendered anew.

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