2016 La Rinconada Vineyard Chardonnay

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.

Tasting Notes

Bright straw hue. Brilliant scents of mango, passionfruit, grapefruit, banana, vanilla bean, and white peach. These abundant characters sail seamlessly through the palate. The mouthfeel is so unctuous, dense, and lively, it is difficult to have just one glass. The finish of this beautiful Chardonnay is full, supple, hedonistic, and full of pleasure. Enjoy now through 2026.

~Bill Brosseau, Diretor of Winemaking



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93 Points / Anthony Dias Blue (The SOMM Journal)

Silky and juicy, elegant and fresh with tangy, racy style; fresh and balanced. Read more