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Wenzlau Sta. Rita Hills Estate Chardonnay 2014

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    Wenzlau Vineyard sits on the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA in Lompoc, CA. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are grown on 12-½ acres that are split into a lower vineyard (Chardonnay) and an upper vineyard (Pinot Noir). The two vineyards sit in the middle of a 100-acre parcel, so the vines are surrounded by 88 acres of open, natural terrain. Aside from the breathtaking beauty, the benefits to this up-down topography are clear. The lower vineyard fronts onto the Santa Ynez River where the 5 acres of Chardonnay vines grow in silty soil and river rock. The grapes ripen slowly because they sit under a blanket of fog until mid-day, from the nearby Pacific Ocean. Adjacent to the 5 acres of Chardonnay is a ½ acre fruit orchard, which brings an abundance of pollinators, as well as lots of beautiful fruit. There is a steep canyon leading to the upper vineyard with 7-½ acres of Pinot Noir grapes. The upper vineyard gets a cool, steady breeze from the Pacific Ocean, which is just 7 miles away. This allows the grapes to ripen slowly to maximize flavor without the sugar spike (and high alcohol) brought on by hotter climates. The abundance of open space, cool climate, air circulation and ample supply of pollinators create a naturally healthy, well-balanced eco-system. The basis of our philosophy is simple. Provide the healthiest possible environment for the vines to thrive and then get out of nature’s way. Our organic farming is based on a system of cover crops, composting and hand farming, with minimal irrigation. In 2011 we farmed bio-dynamically to learn about those practices that benefit our specific plot. While we work hard to provide ample attention to our vines, we realize that Mother Nature is really in charge. In the end, it is the cool, breezy climate at Wenzlau Vineyard that makes it a sweet spot for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
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    A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.

    The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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