2017 The Hilt "Estate" Santa Barbara County Chardonnay (Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1528846 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Light gold-colored, the 2017 Chardonnay Estate offers a rocking bouquet of spiced apple, white peach, white flowers, and toasted bread. This carries to a medium-bodied, fleshy, beautifully balanced effort that's already drinking brilliantly. Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Winery notes: The Hilt Estate Chardonnay is made up of fruit from the three maritime influenced vineyards in the southwest corner of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation: Radian, Bentrock, and Puerta del Mar. The vines range in age between 8 and 44 years old and grow on diatomatious earth and loamy sandy. They are pressed and fermented a combination of roughly 40% new French Oak barrels, nearly half used French oak, and the remaining in stainless steel. The wine undergoes 30% malolactic fermentation with no stirring. Aromatically the wine has notes of fresh white peaches, juicy apricots, and a hint of spiced tropical fruits. On the palate, the wine is seamless with ripe fruit flavors balanced by the oak and a flinty finish.

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