Original
12 Ratings
Sanford Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

Wine Details

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Wine Description

(1996 Vintage) This marks the sixth vintage that the "Barrel Select" is drawn from multiple vineyard sources, albeit a severe selection of the best barrels, all new. Pretty ripe, tropical stuff in '96, with a sweet buttercream background note, yet far from over-the-top. While it spent more time in new oak that the "Estate" it seems, at least on the day I did my tastings, to have absorbed the wood more seamlessly. Beautifully delineated flavors and exquisitely balanced this year.