Front label for Samuel Louis Smith 2022 Spear Vineyard Chardonnay

2022 CHARDONNAY
Spear Vineyard
STA. RITA HILLS

$45

Released to members March ’24

 

Terroir 
Spear is a young, yet very exciting site in the heart of 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. Our chard block is primarily sedimentary clay.

Tasting
Pale yellow. Lemon curd, toasted vanilla bean, seaspray, and lime zest are followed by hints of citrus pith and salted toffee. Medium bodied with bright acidity and elegant chalky texture.

Tech 
Alcohol 12.9%
pH 3.25
50% malolactic fermentation
Native alcoholic and malolactic fermentations occurred in barrel
10 months élévage in 17% new, 17% second-fill, and 66% neutral barrels
Six barrels • 144 cases produced

Press
95 pts Wine Enthusiast

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