- Producer: Hilliard Bruce - read about the Estate
- Winemakers: John Hilliard and Christine Bruce
- Region (AVA): Santa Ynez Valley (Sta. Rita Hills)
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- Vintage production: 22 barrels
- Winery location: Sta. Rita Hills
- Owners: John Hilliard and Christine Bruce
- First vintage: 2009
- Drinking window: 2018-2025
About the Wine:
Made in Christine's simple Burgundian method - lightly pressed and barrel fermented with Montrachet yeast. This vintage highlights the citrus, terroir, and minerality of the vineyard, balanced by 14 months in 30% new Damy barrels from Meursault. Aromas of honeysuckle rise from the glass, as lemon peel, slate and pineapple add lift and crispness to the smooth palate.
Hilliard Bruce Estate Chardonnay 2015
"The 2015 Chardonnay Estate sizzles with energy and tension. Citrus and floral notes abound in a finely sculpted Chardonnay that impresses with its balance and poise. This is an especially bright style. And it works beautifully here."
92 Points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Sept. 2018)
"From the Estate vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills (this is on the northern portion of the region) and is a mix of clones 76 and 96 that was barrel fermented and aged. This light gold colored effort offers a powerful, masculine bouquet of ripe melon and lemon fruits intermixed with lots of salty Seabreeze, spice, and obvious minerality. With rock solid concentration, good acidity, and a great finish, it’s a serious white that will evolve gracefully for 8-10 years."
91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct. 2018)