Vintage 2015
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Winemaker Jon Priest
Influenced by the minimal-intervention philosophy of its parent winery, Lyric by Etude is an authentic expression of Santa Barbara Chardonnay. Crafted to provide a pure sense of place, Lyric is reflective of the region’s nuances with its broad spectrum of citrus flavors from Cat Canyon Vineyard and high tone floral notes from the Chardonnay fruit of North Canyon Vineyard.

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.