Samsara Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay

California Sta Rita Hills United States North America
Tasting Notes
Technical Details

Aromatics of lemon-meringue, cantaloupe, with a gentle saline/mineral freshness. Mouth-coating texture as wine glides across palate. Near-complete ML fermentation adds richness and depth. Balanced and elegant, with a clean, long finish, that is both bright and round at the same time.

100% Chardonnay grape blend.
This wine contains allergens, sulfites.
The Estate

The Sta. Rita Hills AVA is significantly impacted by its proximity to the ocean (10 miles), consistent morning/evening fog, and steady afternoon winds. These cooling trends are not only perfectly suited to growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Syrah, but also serve to prolong the growing season, allowing for heightened varietal flavor intensity. Additionally, the area’s cool climate and vineyards’ calcareous rock and sand help produce grapes with natural acidity and flavor balance.

Wine Making

2019 was a near perfectly ‘normal’ cool-climate Santa Barbara vintage. The kind of normal it feels like we rarely see anymore. Plenty of rainfall early in the year and moderate summer weather gave us an even growing season and a balanced crop. Chardonnay and Pinot began ripening in early-mid September. We didn’t see the super extreme heat during the beginning of harvest, allowing for a steady and civilized pick schedule. The 2019 wines show good flavor concentration and depth from the extra hangtime, while still retaining their balance and freshness

Food Suggestions

Pairs well with beef, veal, deer, venison, and poultry dishes.

• Available Size: 750mL (12 pc)
• Sustainable
• Type: Wines
• Sub-type: Wines
• Class: White
• ABV%: 13.5

Wine Enthusiast – 91

"Baked-lemon and wool aromas meet with fresh spring blossom and crisp melon on the nose of this bottling. There's firm texture to the sip, where a grippy consistency carries lime pith, lemon flesh and Asian-pear flavors."
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