VOLUME 11, ISSUE 45
June 12, 2019

2015 Pence Estate Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

13.0% alc., 423 cases, $40. A blend of six clones grown in sedimentary soils. Barrel fermented (25% new oak) and aged on the lees without stirring for 16 months. Full malolactic fermentation. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of toasty oak, flint, smoke and sea shell. Lush and creamy on the palate, with flavors of lemon, pineapple, toasty brioche, crème brûlée and a hint of salinity. The wine finishes on a lemon note with very good length, intensity and cut. A likable wine that delivers plenty of flavor and energy. Score: 90. Reviewed April 14, 2018

Winery: Pence Ranch
From article: Recent Sips of California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay