Located in the Santa Rita Hills Appellation, La Rinconada Vineyard (Spanish for “corner”) is nestled directly between La Encantada and Sanford and Benedict vineyards above the banks of the Santa Ynez River, eight miles east of Lompoc. The vineyard was planted in 1995 by Richard Sanford with northwest exposure. The Terlato Family, owners of the adjacent Sanford and Benedict Vineyard, has owned the site since 2006.
The soil consists of Bayshore silty clay loam and sits 235 feet above sea level. The geographic anomaly of transverse (east to west) mountains allow the cool, dense maritime air from the Pacific Ocean to keep the climate moderate and allow for a lengthy, cool growing season. The climate and soil combination produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals with a rich depth and balanced acidity.
Pale straw color. Brilliant scents of ripe kiwi, passionfruit and butterscotch. With some aeration, papaya, fig, mango, and nutmeg complex around this engaging wine. The flavors are seamless upon taste and showcase respectful winemaking at its best. There is a nice vibrancy which shows great polish, yet creamy richness to keep one coming back for more. This classic Chardonnay finishes with purity, balance, and a lasting reward. Enjoy now through 2026.
~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking
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