2020 / Chardonnay
2020 Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay
The Hilliard Bruce Vineyard continues to be Landmark’s southernmost source for premium Chardonnay. Situated near the north-western edge of Santa Barbara County’s prestigious Sta. Rita Hills appellation, the blocks that we source from provide Winemaker Greg Stach with the small clustered Dijon clones 76 and 96 to craft this Chardonnay. This vineyard’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides a definite cool climate character to this wine.
Sta. Rita Hills
French oak aged for 15 months (30% new)
Full Wine Specifications (PDF)
Light yellow in the glass with nuanced aromas of lemon, yellow apple, citrus flowers, vanilla, and toasted oak. The wine is lively on the palate with notes of Meyer lemon, tangerine peel and honey crisp apple with toasted bread, vanilla spice and oak appearing on the midpalate. A moderately long finish features refreshing acidity, mineral texture with a distinct brine note.
The 2020 Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay features notes of fresh citrus that balanced with crisp acidity rounded out with subtle oak and butterscotch notes. It’s a perfect match alongside oysters, either on the half shell with traditional mignonette or baked with chouriço butter and chives.