The 2017 Joel Gott Santa Barbara Chardonnay has aromas of pear, nectarine, apricot and lemon curd with notes of vanilla.
On the palate, the wine opens with ripe, stone fruit flavors followed by balanced acidity with notes of citrus on the midpalate and a long, elegant finish.
The 2017 growing season started with much needed winter rains, resulting in later than usual bud break with warm spring and summer temperatures followed by a late summer heatwave. The fruit was gently whole cluster pressed to retain the delicate flavors and varietal character of coastal Chardonnay.
The balance of the blend was fermented in stainless steel to preserve the variety’s bright fruit flavors and acidity. Blended together, the two styles create a balanced, elegant wine.
After harvest, the fruit was fermented in 10% new French oak and 30% 1-2-year-old French oak to soften the wine and add subtle notes of vanilla.