2018 Bien Nacido Estate Chardonnay
Santa Maria Valley
Hailing from the historic W Block in Bien Nacido planted in 1973 on their own roots, this must be the most floral vintage of these vines in many years. Honeysuckle, fresh apple blossoms and chamomile blend into a more demure lemon oil and citrus peel palate. Much livelier on its feet than Solomon Hills, we can see why this wine has a bigger gas tank for aging. 20% new oak and long sur lie aging give us a wine which will hit its peak in 2028.