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2017 PENCE RANCH SANTA RITA HILLS CHARDONNAY

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Some of the best wine values come along when a winery produces more fruit than is needed for their Estate wines. Some producers will make a second-wine using declassified grapes from their Estate Vineyards, and when they do, it can be a win-win for consumers.  Pence Estate does this very thing by producing a second label called Pence Ranch that comes from their Estate Vineyard located adjacent to John Sebastiano’s Vineyard, which some of you may recognize from single vineyard bottlings by Paul Lato, Foxen and Ojai.  The fruit is farmed and made identically to their Estate wines which sell for about double the price.  At under thirty bucks, their 2017 Chardonnay is remarkably stunning, pure, and brilliant with a level of quality that’s rarely obtainable at this price.

Pence Ranch winemaker Sashi Moorman is well versed in Santa Rita Hills terroir, and one of the most accomplished winemakers in the area.  Decanter Magazine called Sashi “one of California’s brightest talents,” and after spending 5 years at Ojai winery, Sashi has helped craft award winning wines for Stolpman, Evening Land, and Domaine de la Côte.  Their 2017 Chardonnay is a field blend of six different colonial selections grown in a mixture of clay and diatomaceous soils.  The wine has incredible detail, wonderful minerality and remarkable balance.  Don’t miss it.

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2017 PENCE RANCH SANTA RITA HILLS CHARDONNAY

Winery Notes: “This is our fifth Chardonnay produced from our vineyard and is a massale selection of six different clonal selections. The vines are north-facing so they receive less sunlight, and are grown in a mixture of ocean sedimentary soils including diatomaceous and calcareous. These ocean fossil soils provide an intriguing mineral and saline thread to the wine. Chardonnay from our region delivers some of the finest examples in California because our climate is like “refrigerated-sunlight”. This results from the bright sunshine we enjoy throughout the growing season, competing again the cold winds coming from the Pacific Ocean. It is this dichotomy that creates beautiful Chardonnay that has both citrus freshness and richer flavor akin to something more decadent like a mix of Meyer Lemon, Yuzu and Lemon oil. During vinification, we approach the wine within Sashi Moorman’s aesthetic of conservative yet strategic use of new French oak and no lees-stirring, producing magical white wines that are profound, thought-provoking, age-worthy (5+ years), minerally and food-friendly. Barrel fermented as native yeast and aged in 25% new French oak puncheons for 16 months

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Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 3 × 3 in

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