95+ Points -
"A relatively new label coming from St. Rita Hills, the 2018 Chardonnay Radian Vineyard was 100% barrel fermented in French oak barrels, 30% new, and aged for 14 months. It sashays out of the glass with flamboyant ginger ale and spice cake scents followed by notes of pineapple upside-down cake, orange blossom, and fresh pears. Medium-bodied, the palate is packed with pear and stone fruit flavors, delivering great tension, finishing long and spicy. " – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Jan 2021
The wine opens with a beautiful aroma of white flowers that is complemented by hints of lemon oil and salty ocean air. The combination of cool climate and poor soils lead to a mouthfeel that consists of a complex, layered texture and lively acidity.
2018: 95+ points, Lisa Perrott-Brown, Robert Parker The Wine Advocate, Jan 2021
2018: 94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020
2017: 94 points, Lisa Perrott-Brown, Robert Parker The Wine Advocate, Feb 2020
2017: 90 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2020
Vineyard & Vintage Character
The Sta. Rita Hills is situated in a transverse range, meaning the mountains lie east-west and not north to south, like most mountain ranges on the Pacific Coast. Cold ocean winds and fog therefore easily travel into the valley and cools it down considerably. 2018 is our second vintage of the Radian Vineyard Chardonnay. The vineyard is situated on the western edge of this unique AVA, on a dramatic, steep slope. Soils in the area are very poor, with elevated calcium levels due to an abundance of ancient sea creature fossils.
Oak: 100% French oak, 30% new
Time in oak: 14 months
TA: 6.3 g/L
Cases produced: 235
Unfined and unfiltered