Racines (Northern California only), 2018 Sta Rita Hills Cuvée Chardonnay




United StatesCalifornia


Sta Rita Hills




Barrel Aged, Barrel Fermented, Indigenous yeast fermented, Malolactic

Soil Type

Gravelly loam

Soil is Sorento Loam predominately from the Wenzlau vineyard, which is leased by Racines.
Native yeast fermentation and aged 12 months in French oak puncheons and 6 months in stainless steel tank. 17% new oak.
The 2018 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills Cuvée is bright, airy and wonderfully
perfumed. Ethereal and gracious, the 2018 lifts out of the glass with striking
aromatic presence to match its chiseled, mid-weight personality. This is one of
the more nervy, taut Chardonnays readers will come across in 2018, and yet
there is lovely breadth that emerges with a bit of time in the glass. Hints of lemon
confit, white flower and marzipan linger nicely on the close. 91 pts
–Antonio Galloni, VINOUS