2016 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Santa Barbara County
Our Operatives know and love the wines of Grand Napa - which has become one of our most popular brands of the last few years. In fact, Grand Napa was awarded our Operative’s Choice: Winery of the Year during our recent WIA awards period. Today, we’ve got the exclusive on their top secret sister label, Calculated Risk.
Today’s Calculated Risk 2016 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is a bright, shiny, silky-smooth and food-fabulous wine that is a great party aperitif wine with appetizers, or an elegant dining wine to be enjoyed with a grilled fish, or your favorite roast chicken dinner.
The Santa Barbara AVA (American Viticultural Areas) is comprised of six federally recognized AVAs that are contained within Santa Barbara County: Santa Maria Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley which is then broken down into four sub-AVAs (from West to East): Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District, and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara.
These valleys are a geological oddity, in that they sit transversely, allowing for cooled ocean breezes to sweep through the valleys in the evenings, providing cooling after the long hot summer days. This diurnal cycle causes the grapes to experience stress - which aids in the ripening and the quality of the finished fruit, come harvest time. The varied soils, which range from ancient beach soil to diatomaceous earth to chirt and limestone here, also play their part.
This wine earns our respect - and our hearty recommendation. We guarantee that you’ll love it!
Brilliant, translucent, glinting golden yellow with a springy, fast-settling surface.
Pineapple, white peach, pear, green apple, pomelo, subtle white spice, and a hint of slate mineral.
Meyer lemon, pomelo, lemon curd, vanilla custard, river rock, lime leaf, honeysuckle, subtle white spice, and a hint of subtle lavender.
Very smooth and silky on entry, then softly grippy and drying, especially at the edges of the palate.
Enjoy this with plank grilled trout, a big plate of assorted cheeses, an herb roasted chicken, or just about anything else! This is one flexible and food-friendly wine.
What the Winery Says
- Dwight Bonewell
- Santa Barbara County
- 6.3 g/L
- 0.5 g/L