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2018 SIXTO Roza Hills Chardonnay – 1.5L

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$130.00
Also Available in 1.5L Magnum Bottles and Previous Vintage.
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Tasting Notes by Winemaker Charles Smith

“Beautiful, deep-colored, vibrant and shimmering in the light with a plethora of descriptors. Orange blossom, Honeycrisp apple, lemon balm, crushed almonds, praline, sea foam, guava, candy floss, kumquat, chalk, lemon thyme and melon. You get the point, right? All together in a seamless, exhilarating palate that continues effortlessly forever.”

Vintage Notes

The 2018 vintage was incredible! This outstanding vintage began mild followed by a long and dry ripening season in the fall. This enabled us to hang the fruit to reach optimal ripeness without losing acidity or increasing sugars. The wines from 2018 are exceptional in many ways, from the great expression of the whites to the beautiful refinement and complexity of the reds. Enjoy!

Winemaking

Varietal Breakdown: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Washington State
Vineyard(s): Roza Hills (100%)
Production: 3.1 tons per acre | Native yeast | 100% whole cluster pressed | 50% concrete tank fermentation; 50% 105gal neutral puncheons fermentation | 24% new French 105gal puncheons | 17 months barrel-aged on lees
Wine Analysis: 5.8 g/L titratable acidity | 3.47 pH | 14.0% alcohol | No residual sugar

Current & Past Scores

95 Points – James Suckling (v2017)

“A beautiful, layered white with sliced cooked apples, white-peach pie and some nuts. It’s fullbodied and rich, yet focused and formed. Just a hint of yogurt to make it interesting and serious At the same time. Drink or hold.”

95 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (v2017)

“The 2017 Chardonnay Roza Hills comes from more chalk soils and 50-year-old Wente clonesand was brought up in a mix of concrete and French oak. This is another rich, powerful effortwith bright lemon and citrus fruits, lots of chalky minerality, a layered, medium-bodied texture, and stunning purity and length on the finish. It blossoms with air and is going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade or more.”

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