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Alma Rosa Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills El Jabali Vineyard 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Pretty nose with bright pear fruit and hint of nectarine all wrapped with gentle floral tones, lime zest, honeycomb and a band of soft sandalwood spice. Bright up front then turning rather rounded and supple, with nice intensity of flavors. This is elegant and very focused if a bit subtle and easily lost in a crowd, though with food this could really shine. 92pts

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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
89065213,059
4.50 5
01/24/2012

Pretty nose with bright pear fruit and hint of nectarine all wrapped with gentle floral tones, lime zest, honeycomb and a band of soft sandalwood spice. Bright up front then turning rather rounded and supple, with nice intensity of flavors. This is elegant and very focused if a bit subtle and easily lost in a crowd, though with food this could really shine. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,059
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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


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

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Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.00 5
01/23/2012

Perfumed apple and a bit of plastic on the nose lead to a round and lush chard with a touch of acidity. Very interesting with a very slight oak/butter edge


Snooth User: solomania9
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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
155514114
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/27/2009

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


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 11/28/2007

Full pineapple aromas and flavors with the fullness of flavor coming rom the oak. No malolactic fermentation.Twist of lime on the finish.


Snooth User: mercuryu
338043
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/02/2007

Five glasses


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

External Review
Vintage: 2008 03/16/2010

With French Chablis as its role model, our 2008 Chardonnay continues in our traditional style of crisp clean fresh flavors true to the grape variety. Just a hint of malolactic and just a hint of oak add additional layers and depth. Pineapple and citrus peel are right there in the wines aromatics, with lemony pear fruit on the palate, and a brisk cleansing minerality on the finish.


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Vintage: 2008 09/23/2011

"With French Chablis as its role model


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/23/2011

"Luminous and lively


External Review
Vintage: 2007 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 08/30/2008

A crisp wine with a racy mineral streak with tropical fruit flavors and aromas of pineapple guava, citrus-honey and herbs.


External Review
Vintage: 2005 04/07/2011

Alma Rosa, Richard and Thekla Sanford’s new wine venture, is starting to release new wines, after their initial vintage in 2004. Many of their followers may remember their full blown, fruit and oak driven Chardonnays under their old Sanford label. They were exotically stuffed with tropical fruit and a good slashing of new French oak, as if to throw down the gauntlet and say “this is the ripest, biggest, baddest Chardonnay in Santa Barbara County.” And while that certainly is a legitimate style, the new Alma Rosa Chard bottling takes a little different tack. I would be remiss in my reporting, if I did not point that out from the git-go. There is, however, the same purity of fruit, the same type of fruit concentration on the palate, it’s just more modulated and refined, which I believe makes it a better companion with food at the daily dining table. Lemon drop aromatics are the main event on the nose, along with some pineapple and a hint of butter cream. The flavors are fresh and lively, while at the same time deep and delineated. The lemony/citrus are the most forward, followed by apple, pear and pineapple, though nothing is over the top. It’s all maintained in a tasty and compelling framework with a bright, mouth watering acidity on the finish that invites you to take another bite of food and another sip of wine. Balance is the key and it works very well here.



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