With only 4 barrels to start in 2009, all from the same vineyard, the original idea was to make one wine. The wine itself had a different plan and we gladly listened.
Two of the four barrels made up White Hill. With a more mineral driven profile, those barrels reminded us of drinking 1er Cru Chablis and were given their name in honor of the chalky white hills of Chablis and diatomaceous earth of Sta. Rita Hills.
The other two barrels had a profile of warmer tones and were texturally more voluptuous, reminding us of Meursault and the other sexy wines from the Cote d' Or (Slope of Gold) we are admittingly addicted to. Hence, the first two bottlings were born: White Hill and Golden Slope. In 2011 we had the opportunity to make a little Bandol-inspired Rosé and since we drink white and Rosé like water all year-round, it seemed like a pretty good idea. 2013 harvest brought the opportunity to branch out with a small amount of Chardonnay from the neighboring, sister AVA of Santa Maria.
Our mantra is simple: quality over quantity. As a Chardonnay-focused project, hopelessly devoted to a teeny tiny AVA, our production is limited...
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We look to the regions of Bandol and Provence for the inspiration behind this Rosé. It is a combination of 95% Mourvédre and 5% Grenache sourced from the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. The grapes are pressed as soon as they arrive to the winery and are barrel-fermented in neutral oak. Bottled after only 5 months of aging, expect this wine to be crisp, clean, and refreshing. Bright acid, combined with a lower alcohol, makes this the perfect "any occasion" wine and a mainstay in refrigerators across the country!!
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The leaner and more Chablisiane reminiscent of our two main Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay bottlings, White Hill highlights the unique salinity that comes through in the ancient soils of Sta. Rita Hills.
NOTES: Floral and fragrant, fresh tangerine, beeswax, jasmine. Up front minerality follow by a slightly creamier mid-palate with hints of baked lemon curd.
We knew that the 2015 Golden Slope was going to be a hard act to follow, but once again the Sta. Rita Hills reminded us why it is (in our opinion) one of the best places on the planet for Chardonnay. Notes of toasted marcona almonds, lemon sorbet, and river rocks leap out of the glass followed by subtle hints of burnt marshmallow, brioche, and vanilla. This vintage is a great example of why we have endearingly nicknamed this wine the "Goldilox" Chardonnay.
In 2011 we found FOUR barrels that just had something more ethereal to them...More musky, earthiness and this sort of perfect balance of power and finesse. Those FOUR barrels were held back from Golden Slope to be bottled on their own; creating our FOURth wine (the first two being White Hill and Golden Slope, the third being Rosé). We started out with FOUR barrels for our first vintage in 2009, and with one of our favorite numbers being FOUR, and another's childhood soccer number being FOUR - the wine sort of named herself. Its a sexy expression of Chardonnay that drinks incredibly near term over the course of a few days and that ages beautifully if you're able to resist opening. Extremely limited quantities of this wine are available.
94 points - Jeb Dunnuck
92+ points - Wine Advocate
93 points - Antonio Galloni
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She is the first "sister" to our SRH Chardonnays, from the neighboring Santa Maria Valley. This vintage is compromised of nearly equal parts Bien Nacido Vineyard and Solomon Hills Vineyard.
100% neutral barrel fermentation and aging. 10 months in barrel.
Made entirely from old-vine chardonnay from the legendary Bien Nacido vineyard. This continues to be our only single-vineyard offering. 2015 was our 3rd year producing this wine and both the 2013 & 2014 set the bar pretty high. We're happy to report the 2015 is just as stunning and built both for near term pleasure as well as a trusty cellar gem. A very limited production again, less than 200 cases were made.
94+ points - Wine Advocate
92 points - Antonio Galloni
91 points - Jeb Dunnuck
Just the second vintage of our 'SBC' Pinot Noir. The 2017 features Radian Vineyard, Spear Vineyards, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, and Peake Ranch. Notes of tart cherry, tea leaves, parsley, fresh tobacco and dried cranberry on both the nose and palate.