Sanford Barrel Select Chardonnay 1996

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

$32.49
Item No. 182
  • white wine
  • WS92

Winemaker's Notes

This marks the sixth vintage that the "Barrel Select" is drawn from multiple vineyard sources, albeit a severe selection of the best barrels, all new. Pretty ripe, tropical stuff in '96, with a sweet buttercream background note, yet far from over-the-top. While it spent more time in new oak that the "Estate" it seems, at least on the day I did my tastings, to have absorbed the wood more seamlessly. Beautifully delineated flavors and exquisitely balanced this year.

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In Santa Barbara wine country, it all started with Sanford Winery. Recognizing a magical combination of climate and soil conditions, the Sanford & Benedict vineyard was plated in 1971, and the resulting wines are now the benchmark of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Pinot Noir has thrived in the Sta. Rita Hills ever since, and ranks among the best and most distinctive in the world. ...

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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 Facts...

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Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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