This classic Santa Barbara Chardonnay shows distinct tropical fruit and citrus aromas enhanced by vanilla, butterscotch and toasty oak notes. The flavors are well structured with citrus and buttery tones balanced by a firm acidity.
A wonderful vintage the Lincourt 2004 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, incorporates fruit from three select vineyards. The majority of the blend was sourced from the Santa Maria Valley with world-class fruit coming from the Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills vineyards. The balance of the blend comes from Rancho Santa Rosa, located in the Santa Rita Hills AVA. Altogether the three vineyards have created an extremely complex wine with layers of aromatics and an intriguing structure. Classic winemaking techniques further enhanced the Chardonnay, as the grapes were whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels. Resting sur-lie, the wine completed full malolactic fermentation, adding a nice rich and developed structure. The Lincourt 2004 Chardonnay is a distinct and complex wine with an amazing fruit-driven nature. In the bouquet aromas of mandarine orange, pineapple, pink grapefruit and mango are infused with notes of honeysuckle, vanilla, hazelnut and caramel. A clean wine, crisp acidity is coupled with round and creamy textures in the mouth.
|Wine maker notes
|At harvest, the fruit is hand picked and whole-cluster pressed. The fresh must is immediately cooled and transferred to sixty-gallon French oak barrels for fermentation. Barrels are predominately of Vosges and Alliers forest origin and are purchased from several Burgundian cooperage firms. Forty to fifty percent of the cooperage used for Lincourt’s Chardonnay is new oak in each vintage.
Once fermentation in complete, the wine is allowed to clarify and settle in the barrel. It remains in barrel from January through June during which time the wine is stirred weekly to enhance development of flavor and complexity. Malolactic fermentation is completed at this time and the wine is further aged and stirred until August. At the end of August final evaluation of each individual lot takes place and the decision of the final blend is determined and assembled. The wine is bottled in early September.
|Sugar at harvest: 23.8 - 24.4
|There are many sources of tribute and inspiration for Lincourt. First there is the name of the winery, a fusion of Lindsay and Courtney, owner Bill Foley’s daughters. Then there are the small-lot bottlings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that bear the names of the women who have influenced and shaped Bill Foley’s life including his wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. Finally, there are the two estate vineyards located within the Sta. Rita Hills region of Santa Barbara County. This area was largely unknown when the winery was founded in 1996, but today it is one of the most coveted, cool-climate AVAs in all of California.