Sanford La Rinconada Chardonnay 2007

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

$38.00 $16.99
Save $21.01
Item No. 120528
  • white wine
  • WE93
  • WN92
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2010
  • RP92
  • ST91

Winemaker's Notes

The 2007 La Rinconada Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from our estate vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills. The vintage was characterized by low yields and intense flavors. This special bottling comes from our two best blocks (Wente and Clone 15), whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented. With the traditional Burgundian technique of lees stirring and barrel aging, this wine has developed richness and elegance sought after in fine Chardonnay. Intense but balanced, our flagship Chardonnay has tropical and citrus notes with hints of nutmeg. On the palate this wine shows the classic Santa Rita qualities of minerality and crisp acid.

Critical Acclaim

"Rich in acids and steely minerals, which gives the wine a tart scour, grounding the pineapples, pears and honeyed oak. Very nice and classic, and should gradually develop bottle complexities through 2013. Editors' Choice."
93 Points

"Pale yellow-gold hue. Sweet, smoky oak scents with undertones of apricot, peach and vanilla. Flavors of pineapple and caramel laced with minerals and crisp acids. Lengthy, even, sweet finish with wet stone-like mineral impressions."
92 Points

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Rating:
(3/2/2013)
Style: Fruity & Smooth
A full bodied chardonnay, gold in color with lots of fruit. The finish was a bit uneven, but it opens up with time. Don't over chill.
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Rating:
(2/22/2013)
Style: Rich & Creamy
Excellent value at this special price. Some bottle variation but overall a very nice drinking old and rich CA Chardonnay
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Rating:
(1/10/2013)
Style: Light & Crisp
Very light fragrant flavor straight out of the bottle. Dry and pleasant in the mouth. Not something I would go back for more.
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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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Learn 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 Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

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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