2019 Racines, Bentrock Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, California, USA

2019 Racines, Bentrock Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, California, USA

Product: 20198049854
Prices start from £102.00 per bottle (75cl). Buying options
2019 Racines, Bentrock Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, California, USA

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There is enough wood to notice framing the smoky aromas of poached pear, apple, citrus and acacia blossom. There is an almost painful intensity to the sleek, linear and beautifully delineated flavours that deliver first-rate length on the very dry and impressively persistent finish. This is really very stylish, indeed even classy, and a wine that should repay mid-term cellaring—lovely juice and worth a special search to find.

Drink from 2026 onward

Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (April 2022)

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Burghound93/100

There is enough wood to notice framing the smoky aromas of poached pear, apple, citrus and acacia blossom. There is an almost painful intensity to the sleek, linear and beautifully delineated flavours that deliver first-rate length on the very dry and impressively persistent finish. This is really very stylish, indeed even classy, and a wine that should repay mid-term cellaring—lovely juice and worth a special search to find.

Drink from 2026 onward

Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (April 2022)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous96/100

A gorgeous wine, the 2019 Chardonnay Bentrock Vineyard dazzles with its purity and translucence. Crushed rocks, lemon confit, white flowers and mint give the 2019 a brilliant, sculpted personality. Soaring aromatics and bright saline accents build into the regal finish.

Racines is the Sta. Rita Hills project headed by Etienne de Montille, Rodolphe Péters and Justin Willett. The wines are deep, layered and, not surprisingly, super-expressive regarding the site. The Pinots, in particular, tend to show notable breadth from a combination of a high percentage of stems, classic winemaking and relatively long ageing of around 19 months in barrel.

Drink 2023 - 2031

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (June 2021)

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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 often seen as the king 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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