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    Santa Barbara Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2007
    Chardonnay - Central Coast, California

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    • WE92
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    Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Enthusiast

    Region: Central Coast, California

    Varietal: Chardonnay

    Style: Rich & Creamy

    Item no. 104765

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The Santa Rita Hills of the western Santa Ynez Valley is an area were local geography influences the climate to create conditions unusually well suited for growing world class Chardonnay.

    We give this wine a reserve designation because these grapes are harvested from distinct soil types and Chardonnay clones that yield the greatest flavor concentration and fruit intensity.

    The resulting wine is full-bodied and richly textured with complexity of flavor further enhanced by barrel fermentation. Three to five years of bottle aging allows the wine to open up and show off well-integrated flavors.

    2007 was one of those years that Winemaker Bruce McGuire had an embarassment of riches as a smaller than normal crop yielded excellent fruit quality (small clusters and berries) through most of the Chardonnay blocks from our Lafond Vineyard, our neighbor Hill Top Ranch, and the old Sanford and Benedict Vineyard just down Santa Rosa Road.

    Over half of the fruit used was from vines aged 30 years and older. The fruit intensity and depth of flavor makes this full-bodied

    Critical Acclaim:

    This is an elaborate, oaky Chardonnay made in the popular style that has made California Chard such a success. It's rich in pineapple jam, apricot, buttered toast, vanilla and leesy flavors, and grows better as it warms in the glass.

    92 Points
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