2021 / Chardonnay
2021 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 (30% new) for 14 months
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Pale straw in the glass with nuanced aromas of Asian pear, Meyer lemon, crisp yellow apple, honeysuckle flower, vanilla, and toasted oak. The wine is lively on the palate with notes of lemon zest, Honeycrisp apple, and pear on entry, with toast, exotic spice, and vanilla appearing on the midpalate. A moderately long finish is sustained by persistent fruit, Brie, citrus blossom, and well-integrated oak.
The 2021 Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay is lively with abundant notes of citrus and tree fruit, as well as crisp acidity and integrated oak. This wine pairs remarkably with moules frites, the traditional Belgian combination of ocean mussels steamed in white wine, garlic, and herbs, served over crisp potato fries.