2016 Ken Brown Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

13.9% alc., pH 3.37, TA 0.67, 141 cases, $38. 75% Rita’s Crown and 25% Chapel vineyards. Both vineyards are windy and cool westerly sites leading to low yields. Barrel fermented and aged on the lees in French oak barrels, 14% new, for 11 months. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Appealing flinty aroma, with added notes of pineapple, yellow apple and buttery biscuit. Lighter weighted and elegant with flavors of pear, grilled pineapple, lemon, and blond caramel. Easy to like, with a creamy texture and welcome harmony. Score: 91. Reviewed January 17, 2019

Winery: Ken Brown Wines
From article: Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay