Chardonnay 'Bentrock', Racines
Sourced from two parcels of Bentrock Vineyard | North-facing on very rocky soils in an extremely windy perch | Native yeast fermentation in a combination of used 500L puncheons along with one new 350L barrel | Aged for 18 months in French oak (20% new) & 6 months in stainless steel | 230 cases produced
Santa Rita Hills
Press & Reviews
The 2017 Chardonnay Bentrock Vineyard is a striking wine that captures the essence of this rugged hillside site on the western edge of the appellation. Bright and finely sculpted, the 2017 is just loaded with character. Lemon peel, mint, white flowers, crushed rocks and intense saline notes build into the mineral-drenched finish. This is such a spectacular debut, not to mention a very pure expression of Bentrock.
Another expression of the consistently excellent Bentrock Vineyard, this example is a collaboration between Justin Willett and Etienne de Montille. Sourced from two separate north-facing parcels, the nose here is linear and nervy, with aromas of lime zest and lemon curd. The palate is silky and fine, consisting of Granny Smith apples, pineapple rinds, Graham crackers and breakfast cereal. The finish is angular, focussed and long. A great showing and, considering the team involved, it will surely be sought after. Drinking Window: 2019-2039