Alma Rosa is deeply rooted in the winemaking history of the Santa Rosa Hills in the southern sector of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Here, growing conditions combine sunshine with the powerful cooling influence of onshore winds and fog from the Pacific Ocean. The unique geography, chilly climate, and clay-loam soils attracted Richard Sanford to this area in the early 70s where he pioneered Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County. Growing consistently balanced wines through sustainable farming is part of the enduring legacy of our founder Richard Sanford.
Alma Rosa has found that the Chardonnay grown in the Sta. Rita Hills--though small in volume--is exceptional. Our Chardonnay wines are bright and fresh, yet round and full on the pallet, delivering a delicious surprise for the wine drinker who prefers a more Burgundian style.
The 2019 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay offers a luxurious and concentrated expression of the unique characteristics wines from this special site possess. An alluring straw gold color is reflected pleasantly in the glass. Aromas of white flowers, lemon curd and melon meet the nose immediately providing a sense of pleasure, quickly followed by a hit of minerality and lemony acidity. Layered on the palate, the wine
offers citrus notes of green apple, orange peel and Meyer lemon on entry. The marine influence from the Pacific Ocean helps the wine retain the refreshing and bright acidity. Toasty notes of crème brûlée round out the finish.
Aged on the lees for 11 months in 50% new French oak.