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.
"This wine is noticeably forward in oak in the nose, and its fruit does take a moment in which to get going, but going is just what it does, and it shines brightly in the deep and impressively filled flavors of ripe apples and lemons. There are scattered glimmers of complexity that bode well for aging, and the wine's youthful, slightly phenolic, finishing edges will disappear once a couple of years have passed."