2017 Racines, Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, California, USA

2017 Racines, Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, California, USA

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2017 Racines, Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, California, USA

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Another iteration of Sta. Rita Hills old vine Chardonnay, the 2017 Sanford & Benedict from Racines is a dynamic wine built for the cellar. The nose gives off aromas of lime zest, acacia and breakfast cereal. The palate is texturally expansive and oceanic in nature, finishing with a vibrant, crunchy structure that will take a couple of years to come into itself. I find the Racines wines noticeably more reticent than the Tyler lineup at this early stage, and am excited to follow their progression in the bottle.

Drink 2019 - 2029

Matthew Luczy, Decanter.com (Jul 2019)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous93/100

The 2017 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict has plenty of depth, texture and nuance, but it is also surprisingly tightly wound for a vintage in which wines are generally more open-knit. Bright, savory and intensely mineral, the 2017 is going to need time to soften. At this point, the 2017 is not terribly expressive of S&B, although it is quite attractive just the same.

Drink 2020-2029

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jun 2019)

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Wine Advocate92/100

The 2017 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard has a youthful shy nose, slowly opening to red apples, ripe white stone fruits, lemon cream and lime peel with notes of pastry and petrichor. The palate is light to medium-bodied, saline and precise, with tangy acidity and a pleasant touch of texture on the long, mineral-driven finish.

Drink 2020-2027

Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate (Sep 2019)

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Decanter93/100

Another iteration of Sta. Rita Hills old vine Chardonnay, the 2017 Sanford & Benedict from Racines is a dynamic wine built for the cellar. The nose gives off aromas of lime zest, acacia and breakfast cereal. The palate is texturally expansive and oceanic in nature, finishing with a vibrant, crunchy structure that will take a couple of years to come into itself. I find the Racines wines noticeably more reticent than the Tyler lineup at this early stage, and am excited to follow their progression in the bottle.

Drink 2019 - 2029

Matthew Luczy, Decanter.com (Jul 2019)

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About this WINE

Racines Wines

Racines Wines

Burgundian winemakers Étienne de Montille and Brian Sieve joined with Champagne’s Rodolphe Peters to form Racines, in California’s Santa Rita Hills.

Their aim was to locate a perfect terroir outside of France: one where they could utilise produce stellar Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, outside the constrictions of their respective French regions.

The cool climate of the Santa Rita Hills provided the perfect terroir for this new venture, given the team’s multi-generational expertise in hand-crafting Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of remarkable purity and elegance. While Santa Rita’s ocean-driven terroir shines through, these wines benefit hugely from being crafted with the technique and expertise of hundreds of years of Burgundian and Champagne winemaking.

Ultimate care is given to the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, in order to coax out unique qualities. Whole-cluster fermentation is combined with pigéage throughout the Pinot Noir fermentation, to add spice to a burlier, weighted character. Chardonnay grapes are grown several miles from the ocean in ancient marine sea beds, to give the wines they create a real sense of energy, transparency and precision.

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Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County

At the foot of the Central Coast, just north of Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara County reverberates with its Missionary past, although viticulture as we know didn't arrive here until the 1970s. Now there are 6,000 ha of world class Pinot Noir & Chardonnay

While fog banks shape the season, together with a notable rainfall deficit between May & November, elevated terraces such as Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley AVA faciliate premium fruit growing. Santa Ynez Valley AVA enjoys similar trait, though cooler still;

Recommended Producers:
Au Bon Climat's Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay from the region's Santa Rita hills is a prime example. Qupe are another excellent source

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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