2017 Holus Bolus Joy Fantastic Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

$56

Sourced from the top 1 acre block of the vineyard where the soils are very thin and rich in diatomaceous earth.The wine has an excellent mix of racy acidity and bright, warm Chardonnay fruit.

Aged for 11 months in neutral French oak. Only 75 cases produced!

    Pairs with
    2017
  • WE 93

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Chardonnay

As one of the most popular grapes for growing and consuming, Chardonnay can be made in a wide range of styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. These styles can vary from a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, or fresh fermented in stainless steel, to rich and creamy white wine aged in oak barrels. While Chardonnay can flourish in many environments, in its homeland of Burgundy it can produce some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. Whereas from California it can produce both oaky, buttery styles as well as leaner, European-inspired wines. A Somm secret: the Burguny subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style with high levels of acidity. Most people who do not like oaky/buttery Chardonnay may likely enjoy Chablis.

Notable regions for this grape include Burgundy (and Chablis) in France, Central Coast, Napa, and Sonoma in CA, and Western Australia.

When pairing with meals, consider the characteristics, flavors, and acidity of your food first. You always want to try to match the same characteristics and intensities with your wine. No brainer pairing options include seafood, salads, and white meat. Chardonnay, with its vast versatility, is everyone’s best friend.

Central Coast, California

When we speak of Central Coast, CA were including numerous diverse regions from Santa Cruz down through Santa Barbara counties. This encompasses smaller areas such as Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, Monterey AVA, Paso Robles AVA, Santa Maria Valley AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The Central Coast is responsible for many great value wines from a multitude of grape varietals depending on the climate within the specific designated areas. From the coastal AVA’s with influence from the fog and cooling effects, you will find Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The inland AVA’s are much warmer, like Paso Robles, so look here for outstanding Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel, or Rhône-style blends.

From the same husband and wife team of Holus Bolus wines comes the wines of The Joy Fantastic.

“From 2003 through 2015 we made our wines exclusively from a collection of vineyards sites in Santa Barbara County in which we had year-to-year, acre contracts purchasing grapes. While this is a sound strategy for making high quality wines for it was, for us,  a means to an end. It had long been our dream to develop and own our vineyard site, a place to grow our own vines and build a wine from the ground up. We searched to find a place where we could practice sensible organic viticulture with respect for the land and create a set of distinct and meaningful wines. In 2014 we made the first steps toward realizing our goals by leasing a five acre piece of land at the western edge of Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. What was formerly a hillside cow pasture has now been developed and planted to a certified organic vineyard (CCOF) of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah vines. The first harvest from The Joy Fantastic Vineyard was in 2016.” – Amy & Peter

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