Samuel Louis Smith 2020 Spear Vineyard Chardonnay

2020 CHARDONNAY
Spear Vineyard
STA. RITA HILLS

$39

Spear is one of the newest and most compelling sites in the Sta. Rita Hills. Planted in 2014 and farmed organically by Ofer Shepher, its northern border and steep north-facing slopes hug Highway 246. Varied elevation reaches 900 feet and soils are comprised of marine sedimentary clay and sand.

Pale gold and light-medium bodied. Aromas of underripe pineapple, lemon pith, and quince are followed by hints of toast and vanilla, framed by wet stone and saline minerality.

93 pts Wine Enthusiast

Technical Details

Alcohol 12.9% 
pH 3.35
TA 7.1
100% malolactic fermentation
Native primary and secondary fermentations occurred in barrel
9 months élévage in 17% new, 17% second-fill, and 66% neutral French oak barrels
Six barrels • 141 cases produced

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