Tyler Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard USA 2019
VINTAGE : 2019
COUNTRY : USA
REGION/APPELLATION : California, Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast
VARIETALS : Chardonnay
VINEYARD : Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
Composed of Chardonnay from Sanford & Benedict’s original plantings of 1973, this wine is always the most mineral and ocean-influenced of our offerings. These gnarled, old vines have long thrived in the very shallow and rock soils of this gently north-leaning knoll—just a handful of miles east of the Pacific. This synergy of vine age, ocean wind and fog, and marine soils creates a wine of unrivaled complexity here in the Santa Rita Hills.
To discover the terroir of the Sta. Rita, look no further. Aromatically, this wine first presents sea spray and flint; in short order, it follows with layers of orchard fruit and white flowers. The site’s signature chalk and salinity are carried across the palate and beautifully complemented by the natural richness offered by these old vines.
"The 2019 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is an ethereal, gracious wine that captures all the pedigree of this old-vine section in S&B. White flowers, mint, lemon peel, orchard fruit, chalk, crushed rocks and white pepper give this translucent, nuanced Chardonnay myriad layers of nuance." - Antonio Galloni 94 pts.