Barden Chardonnay 2019
|Region||California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills|
This is a deliciously engaging Chardonnay from every aspect, starting with the lovely hints of daffodil, peach and coconut on the nose, where a delicate buttercream scent also lingers. The palate balances opulence with chalky tension, offering brioche and vanilla at the core yet a zesty Meyer lemon edge and a dash of sea salt on the finish.
The 2019 Chardonnay Barden (Sta. Rita Hills) is a super-classy wine from the southern part of the appellation. Lemon confit, mint, crushed rocks and a touch of new oak all open in the glass. Light tropical and floral accents add an exotic touch that is so appealing. Vineyard sites are Sanford & Benedict, La Encantada, La Rinconada and Donnachadh.
A fresh, mouthwatering core of pineapple, Granny Smith apple and Meyer lemon flavors are sleek and generous, with details of slate and white flowers on the long finish. Drink now. 259 cases made.
Buttered orchard fruits, toasted bread, spice, and some white flower notes all emerge from the 2019 Chardonnay, a juicy, medium-bodied, classic Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay offering good acidity as well as balancing richness. Coming from a mix of the La Rinconada, La Encantada, Sanford & Benedict, and Donnachadah vineyards, it saw full malolactic fermentation and spent 10 months in 60% new barrels. An outstanding wine, it should evolve for 7-8 years, although there's no need to delay gratification.