Stringer Cellars John Sebastiano Vineyard Chardonnay
The 2016 Stringer Cellars John Sebastiano Vineyard (JSV) hails from within the windy, foggy limestone hills of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County. The vineyard benefits from strong Pacific Ocean winds and a marine fog layer that makes the Sta. Rita Hills region so unique. This Chardonnay comes from a steep hillside block of JSV that is shrouded in fog every morning until it is burned away by the midday sun. This combination of fog and sun is what allows the fruit to retain a strong acid backbone while ripening. Flavors of citrus and lemon curd mix with hints of toasty oak to create a Chardonnay that is both rich in mouthfeel and light on its feet.
Aged in 100% French oak, 25% of which was new. The wine remained in barrel for 12 months and tank aged for an additional 4 months.