Chardonnay ‘Sanford & Benedict Vineyard’, Tyler
From wild old vines planted in 1971 on their own roots, this wine is always the most mineral and sea driven in the range. This is the result of the vines standing atop the most uniformly light and rocky soils. The old chardonnay vines are planted on a gently north leaning knoll and in close proximity to the Pacific. The combination of old vines, cool ocean air, fog, and marine soil create a wine of complexity unrivaled in the Santa Rita Hills. The 2015 is no different, and with notes of lemon custard, briny oyster shell and chalk, all reflective of the sites marine influences. Having more structure and texture than previous years, this is one of the most complete bottlings yet.