Shooting Star Chardonnay Santa Barbara 2018
The area around the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara has a maritime climate with lots of morning fog in the summer and cool evenings. We get grapes from Bien Nacido whose vineyards are on benches above the Sisquoc River and from the Goodchild Vineyard, which lies across the river. Both of these vineyards add a tropical fruit aroma, with flavors that are reminiscent of mango and papaya.
The style of the wine is different from our other Chardonnay bottlings as we ferment all of the wine in stainless steel tanks as opposed to barrel fermentations we use for the Steele Cuvée and single vineyard bottlings. The wine is then transferred into gently used barrels to soften the acids. The wine is still lighter and crisper than the typical Steele Chardonnay bottling and there is the very recognizable Santa Barbara character of tropical fruits such as pineapple, papaya and mango.