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Alma Rosa Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills El Jabali Vineyard 2007

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Luminous and lively, here’s a barely-oaked Chardonnay from 25-year-old vines farmed organically in the “front yard” of our ranch at El Jabalí. Cold fermented in steel tanks without malolactic fermentation, this wine shows some of the citrus purity of the fruit, with ripe pear meets apricot flavor/aromas, and a pleasing crisp toastiness shot through by a sleek streak of vanilla.

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Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards:
Pioneer winegrowers in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA since 1970, Thekla and Richard Sanford have left their namesake winery and are pleased to present the wines from their winery, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards. With over 38 years experience winegrowing in this region, their energies will continue to be focused on excellence in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and feel this new beginning gives them a greater... Read more
Pioneer winegrowers in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA since 1970, Thekla and Richard Sanford have left their namesake winery and are pleased to present the wines from their winery, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards. With over 38 years experience winegrowing in this region, their energies will continue to be focused on excellence in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and feel this new beginning gives them a greater opportunity to honor the unmistakable relationship between the healthiness of the soil, the energy of the vines, and ultimately the soul of the wine. “For over 20 years, my wife Thekla and I have focused on what’s most important to us: sustainable business practices and organic farming. We are deeply committed to the environment and the soulful connection with our employees and the people who enjoy our wine.” says Richard. With over 100 acres of certified organic estate vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA (the first vineyards to be certified in Santa Barbara County) Alma Rosa Winery offers Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc in addition to their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their acclaimed Pinot Noir Vin-Gris (as seen in the movie Sideways) is also available. With a vision for a viable agricultural future and an environment that is safe for our children, Richard and Thekla and the staff at Alma Rosa Winery hope to continue to bring our customers together to share good food, good times and great wine. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Alma Rosa Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills El Jabali Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,082
4.50 5
06/20/2010

This is really intensely aromatic with huge floral tones, soft citrus fruits and subtle hazelnutty oak and a touch of fresh fig. On the palate this is medium lightweight with lovely mineral cut, and bright acids that really make the fresh, orange and peach fruit pop. With a really fresh and dynamic palate profile this refreshes the mouth and invites another sip. The fruit is very pure, and the winemaking seemingly incidental. A lovely wine, that finishes with energy and great length. I am tempted to just enjoy this on its own but pairing it with a chicken and morel dish would be even better! 93pts


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Snooth User: solomania9
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2.50 5
06/16/2010

Moderately spicy oaky banana nose with a slight chemical edge. Mostly tartness in the mouth with a lot of lemons. On the backend it develops just a little depth and breadiness with coconut too. Solid.


Snooth User: tjo1913
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3.50 5
07/27/2009

Clean and balanced with a refreshing, fruit filled nose and nice finish


External Reviews for Alma Rosa Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills El Jabali Vineyard

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
09/23/2011

"Luminous and lively


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Luminous and lively, heres a barely-oaked Chardonnay from 25-year-old vines farmed organically in the front yard of our ranch at El Jabalí. Cold fermented in steel tanks without malolactic fermentation, this wine shows some of the citrus purity of the fruit, with ripe pear meets apricot flavor/aromas, and a pleasing crisp toastiness shot through by a sleek streak of vanilla.



Luminous and lively, here’s a barely-oaked Chardonnay from 25-year-old vines farmed organically in the “front yard” of our ranch at El Jabalí. Cold fermented in steel tanks without malolactic fermentation, this wine shows some of the citrus purity of the fruit, with ripe pear meets apricot flavor/aromas, and a pleasing crisp toastiness shot through by a sleek streak of vanilla.

Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable


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