- Producer: SPEAR Vineyards & Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Ofer Shepher
- Region (AVA): Santa Ynez Valley (Sta. Ria Hills)
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- Vintage production: c.300 cases
- Winery location: Sta. Rita Hills
- Owner: Ofer Shepher
- First vintage: 2016
- Drinking window: 2020-2030
About The Wine
An elegant and assertive wine blended from three distinct clones on the estate. Sourced from three distinct, north-facing blocks, in predominantly sand and clay loam, on the estate planted to clones 4, 96 and Wente planted in 2012.
The grapes were harvested in October at a Brix of 24.3, and had 12 months élevage in neutral French oak barrels.
SPEAR Estate Chardonnay 2018
"Clean lines of grapefruit peel, crushed sea shell and an alkaline citrus pith show on the nose of this estate bottling. The lime-peel and pith focus of the palate leads into a toastier finish, yet it's the firm and fresh acidity that keeps the attention."
93 points, The Wine Enthusiast (Apr. 2021)
"The 2018 Chardonnay Estate also saw all neutral oak. It offers more tropical notes with plenty of papaya and pineapple fruit as well as sappy flowers and mint, medium-bodied richness, and an elegant, balanced style."
92 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug. 2020)