2015 Parker Chardonnay Cat Canyon Vineyard
Cat Canyon is in the Los Alamos Valley within Santa Barbara County. The SIP certified vineyard lies just north east of the Santa Rita Hills, and endures windy conditions on top of sandy porous soils. Varietals planted include; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Viognier. The wines from this vineyard are always focused with a distinct minerality.
The 2015 Chardonnay was harvested by hand in the second week of September. After hand sorting and a gentle whole cluster press, the wine was allowed to cold settle overnight before fermentation commenced in neutral French cooperage. The wine remained in barrel, sur-lie for 18 months.
The 2015 is pale gold in color and displays aromas of bright lemon and mandarin orange. On the palate the wine has medium weight and is supported by the bright acidity that defines the region. The finish is long, round and persistent. 90pts WE June ’18