VOLUME 11, ISSUE 45
June 12, 2019

2015 Pence Rosa Estate Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

13.5% alc., 372 cases, $50, wax crown. Sourced from a small 2.8-acre block where the soils are a mix of calcareous, diatomaceous and limestone along with the typical heavier clay of the site. Barrel fermented in French 581-gallon oak Foudre for 16 months. Full malolactic fermentation and no lees stirring. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Reserved, but pleasing aromas of lemon creme, spice and warm brioche. Highly refined and polished with bright flavors of lemon wafer grapefruit and green apple. A classy wine with a finish cinched up with hi-strung lemony goodness. Score: 93. Reviewed April 14, 2018

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