The wine of the week is Santa Barbara Winery's 2014 Reserve Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills. Santa Rita Hills is a sub-AVA of the Santa Ynez Valley AVA. Located in northern Santa Barbara county, this region is known for foggy ocean breezes which allow for growing cool weather grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. This wine has an intense golden color, with a nose of pineapple, lemon, bread yeast, and soft honey notes. The palate is ripe with pineapple, guava and lemon, moderate acidity, and a long finish with notes of minerality and yeast. A lovely Chardonnay for $26, the reserve line is only available at the winery, but they have a retail line that is easy to find in many stores. Stay tuned for a future post about this historic downtown Santa Barbara winery, the oldest winery in Santa Barbara county, with a sister winery located in Santa Rita Hills.
Santa Barbara Winery 2014 Reserve Chardonnay