All of the grapes for this Chardonnay come from our historic, estate-owned Nielson Vineyard — the first commercial vineyard in Santa Barbara County, planted in 1964. The site's sandy loam, benchland soils help to reduce plant vigor, resulting in low yields, small berries and intense flavors. Planted in high density spacing to premium Dijon clones, average yields are less than three tons per acre. The fruit for the Nielson blend is noted for its firm structure, vivid color and concentration. The flavor profile is very creamy and rich with hints of honey, citrus and mineral with a touch of oak.