2018 Racines Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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DC 92

Decanter, July 2020

Broad but precise in texture, this exudes green and yellow fruits interspersed with salted caramel and fennel. Justin Willett of Tyler Winery partnered with a group of mentors for the Racines label: Étienne de Montille...
VN 91

Vinous, August 2020

The 2018 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills Cuvee is bright, airy and wonderfully perfumed. Ethereal and gracious, the 2018 lifts out of the glass with striking aromatic presence to match its chiseled, mid-weight personality...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Sta Rita Hills
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 12.5%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exquisite 2018 Racines Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay, a captivating white wine that embodies the essence of California's Central Coast. With its elegant flavors and precise texture, this wine is a masterpiece crafted by the talented Justin Willett of Tyler Winery, in collaboration with esteemed mentors Étienne de Montille, Brian Sieve, and Rodolphe Péters.

In the glass, the Racines Chardonnay displays a luminous golden hue, hinting at the richness and complexity that awaits. On the nose, a symphony of green and yellow fruits dance harmoniously, accompanied by alluring notes of salted caramel and fennel. The aromas are both broad and precise, inviting you to delve deeper into the glass.

As you take your first sip, the wine envelops your palate with grace and finesse. The bright and airy nature of the 2018 vintage shines through, showcasing its ethereal and perfumed qualities. This Chardonnay is uniquely chiseled and mid-weight, exuding a sense of energy and vibrancy. Yet, with a little time in the glass, it reveals a lovely breadth that adds to its allure.

Lingering on the finish are hints of lemon confit, delicate white flowers, and a touch of marzipan, leaving a lasting impression that beckons for another sip. The Racines Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is a testament to the immense talent and dedication of its creators, who have seamlessly captured the essence of the terroir and the vintage.

With an alcohol percentage of 12.5%, this wine strikes a perfect balance between freshness and depth. The 2018 vintage spent 12 months maturing in barrel before being racked to tank for an additional six months, allowing it to develop its remarkable complexity and character.

The critics have also recognized the outstanding quality of this wine. Decanter awarded it a remarkable score of 92 points, praising its precise texture and the interplay of green and yellow fruits. Vinous bestowed a score of 91 points, highlighting its ethereal and gracious nature, as well as its nervy and taut characteristics.

Indulge in the brilliance of the 2018 Racines Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay, a white wine that embodies the spirit of California's Central Coast and showcases the talent of its creators. This wine is the perfect companion for an elegant dinner or a moment of pure indulgence. Cheers!