2021 Walson Holland Chardonnay
Raised 22 months on the lees in French oak barrels, 30% new oak. Unfined and Unfiltered.
The 2021 Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay is a sophisticated wine of contrast and complexity. Notes of lychee, golden apple, and Meyer lemon are perfectly complimented with brioche, toasted coconut, and hazelnut on the nose. The Chardonnay is rich, concentrated, and texturally expansive in the mouth with a bright streak of acidity and a saline minerality that keeps the wine restrained and refined.
Acid: 5.7 g/L
Bottled: August 10, 2023
Zotovich Vineyard / Duvarita Vineyard
One of my favorite aspects of winemaking is getting to share the process with family and friends. I knew from the start that this Chardonnay was going to be a special wine and I couldn’t wait to share it. Early in 2022 when I began creating blends from different barrels, I asked a trusted friend to come in and try a few of the Chardonnay blends I had put together. There was an aha moment for both of us when we stuck our noses in the glass, realizing that this was the one, both of us commenting that it gave us chills. This doesn’t happen often for me, but this wine checks all the boxes of what I love about Chardonnay. Bright and energetic, yet rich and nutty with concentrated power and integrated oak that adds to the depth of character without pushing the beautiful tropical and citrus fruit to the side.