2017 Chardonnay - Zotovich Vineyard

2017 Chardonnay - Zotovich Vineyard
2017 Chardonnay - Zotovich Vineyard

93 Points - The 2017 Chardonnay Zotovich Vineyard is a super-intriguing wine that expresses the floral lift, energy and bright acids that are so characteristic of Zotovich, but with an extra dimension of richness that wines from this site are often missing. Light tropical notes, exotic white flowers, apricot and tangerine infuse the 2017 with added layers of nuance. This is a striking wine. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous


92-94 Points - The 2017 Chardonnay Zotovich Vineyard offers more complexity as well as terrific notes of white peach, crushed citrus, leafy herbs, and obvious salty minerality. It's rocking on the palate, with bright acidity and a chiseled, focused style that's buffered nicely by the charming nature of this vintage. It’s going to drink nicely in its youth yet also evolve for a decade or more - Jeb Dunnuck

Tasting notes

Matt's Tasting Notes:  Our first year producing Chardonnay at SAMsARA and we are very excited about the wine.  Only a 4 barrel selection from Zotovich Vineyard.  Native yeast and barrel fermented in all neutral oak. Picked early for acidity and freshness, complete malolactic fermentation adds richness, texture, and weight.

Production notes
  • Grapes were hand-harvested from the sandy soils of Zotovich Vineyard
  • Picked early for acidity and freshness
  • Fermentation in neutral french oak barrels with complete malolactic fermentation
  • Like always, we relied on the native yeast that the grapes carried from the vineyards to complete the fermentation
  • Sur Lie aging - aged in neutral french oak for 11 months on the lees prior to bottling, no fining or filtering
Varietal Composition100% chardonnay
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardZotovich Vineyards
Harvest Date08/28/2017
Aging11months in neutral french oak
Fermentationnative yeast
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced100

92-94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

93 Points - Vinous

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SOLD OUT - The 2018 is still in Barrel and will be available sometime in the first half of 2020

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