Badge Rancho Santa Rosa Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
The fruit for Bruno's BADGE Chardonnay comes from Rancho Santa Rosa, in the STA. Rita Hills appellation. To achieve the great balance in this wine, Bruno aged it partially in French oak barrel and partially in stainless steel. To keep the wine light, so that it dances on the tongue, he gave it partial malolactic acid fermentation. This blending of three different ways to age a wine and finish its flavor resulted in a wine that has a touch of oak, a little bit of body, and a light crispness generally not seen in Chardonnay. Whether you drink this wine alone, or pair it with food, it's an equally enjoyable treat. With lemony notes and a touch of sweet citrus rind, this Chardonnay has great balance, and a long finish. It pairs well with textural seafoods, such as crab, shrimp, or lobster. So cook up a batch of the old-fashioned crab cakes and let the wine flow!
International Wine Cellar - "Yellow-gold. Explosively aromatic nose offers an impressive array of oak-spiced pit fruit and yellow plum scents, along with suave vanilla and cured meat. Broad but impressively restrained, offering sweet peach and apricot flavors and bracing acidity. Plays richness against energy smoothly, finishing with serious cling. A big boy, and in need of rich sauces or pungent cheeses."
A famous winemaker in Santa Barbara County, Bruno has been making Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese under his DiBruno label since 1996. In 2005, he added Pinot Noir to his personal portfolio, under the BADGE label. View all Badge Wines
About Central Coast
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33.2 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 2 with reviewsleejayb - Marina Del Rey, CA48/22/2011Joseph Carter - Haltom City, TX43/17/2010I have to defend this wine after the previous review. Maybe she had a bad bottle but this is a deliecious Chardonnay and I usually don't like them, but prefer SBs. Not too oaky, smooth and somewhat crisp. Buying some more right now.PatriciaWine* - Kerrville, TX13/4/2010Had to pour it down the sink. Perhaps too old? Wasted my money this time.