Winemaker's Tasting Note
Etude’s winemaking philosophy remains steadfast with this Santa Barbara Chardonnay and the wine was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention in order to reflect the unique terroir of North Canyon and Cat Canyon Vineyards. Barrel fermentation, sur lies aging in French oak barrels and partial malolactic fermentation allow for a layered and balanced expression of this vineyard-driven Chardonnay. Shows a broad spectrum of citrus, tropical fruit and floral aromas. A backbone of fresh fruit flavors and acidity balance the generous fruit weight, creamy texture and spice notes of this structured Chardonnay.
About the Vintage
After three years of plentiful harvests in Santa Barbara County, the 2015 vintage brought low, but outstanding yields. A mild winter and spring with almost no rain allowed the fruit to ripen at a very steady and deliberate pace, and picking began a few weeks earlier than ever before. The drier-than-normal conditions and the region’s abundant sunshine contributed to the smaller bunch and berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with excellent concentration.