- Producer: Peake Ranch Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Wynne Solomon
- Region (AVA): Santa Ynez Valley (Santa Barbara County)
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- Vintage production: 584 cases
- Winery location: Sta. Rita Hills
- Owner: John and Gill Wagner
- First vintage: 2014
- Drinking window: 2020-2030+
About The Wine
The Santa Barbara County Chardonnay integrates the two coldest AVAs in Santa Barbara, those being the Sta. Rita Hills (sourced from the Peake Ranch Vineyard) and Santa Maria Valley (sourced from the Sierra Madre Vineyard) respectively. This bright and energetic Chardonnay is everything there is to love about the Central Coast. Clones used were 76, 96, Wente, 4 and Robert Young. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation, and was aged in 100% French oak (50% new).
Located on the eastern end of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA on Santa Rosa Road, Peake Ranch is a 105-acre parcel with 50 acres of vines. The plantings include seven different clones of Pinot Noir, three clones of Chardonnay and two each of Syrah and Grenache. The plantings are all along a hill that covers most of the ranch, exposing the vines to the cool air that comes off the Pacific and into the Santa Ynez Valley. The combination of North, South, East and West facing slopes coupled with the exposure to varying degrees of the cool wind give the vineyard an incredible diversity of fruit flavour profiles.
The Sierra Madre Vineyard is situated in the Santa Maria Valley AVA, around 30 miles north of the winery, on a sandy, south-facing slope, and produces a wine that is concentrated, decadent and complex.
Peake Ranch Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2018
"I loved the 2018 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County. This beauty has terrific notes of spiced orchard fruits, salted citrus, mint, and sappy herbs as well as a clean, medium-bodied, racy style on the palate. It's a balanced, classic, incredibly high-quality Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming 4-6 years"
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (April 2020)