A classy dark bottle with cream colored capsule and label. The capsule reads winemakers names B.Leighton and Charles Smith. The label is all in capitals: SIXTO, Roza Hills, Chardonnay, Washington State, 2017.

2017 SIXTO Roza Hills Chardonnay

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Also Available in 1.5L Magnum Bottles, While Supplies Last

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Scores & Tasting Notes

Rich, full and just so lovely. Perfumed mango, papaya and Bosc pear. Silky texture with quince and chalk as it continues to ooze with personality. –Winemaker Charles Smith

95 Points – James Suckling

“A beautiful, layered white with sliced cooked apples, white-peach pie and some nuts. It’s full-bodied 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 (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

“The 2017 Chardonnay Roza Hills comes from more chalk soils and 50-year-old Wente clones and was brought up in a mix of concrete and French oak. This is another rich, powerful effort with 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.”

Vineyard – Roza Hills (100%)

(100% Chardonnay, Washington State White Wine, 14.0% Alcohol)
At an elevation of 1350 feet above sea level the vineyard is in a natural southern sloping bowl that sits on the southern slope of the Rattlesnake Hills, planted in 1977. Temperatures, which are among the most moderate in the state, provide consistent ripening. To the west, the Cascade Mountain range shields eastern Washington from the Pacific Ocean’s climactic influence while the Rattlesnake Hills diverts polar air from Canada, which can often damage grape vines. Soils, which are characterized by their nice texture, in contrast to the sandy soils found in nearby AVA regions. Roza Hills is the largest vineyard in the AVA and has several soil profiles throughout. The majority of the vineyard is planted in a loamy silt to clay with broken basalt chunks interspersed. This soil is called the Moxee Series and consists of shallow, well drained soils that formed in loess over a limestone mantling basalt. It is slightly alkaline. These soils lie above the flood plain of the Missoula flood and are therefore older than those located at lower elevations in the valley.


2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for heathy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.

About SIXTO Chardonnay

Inspired by the story of musician Sixto Rodriguez. Winemaker Charles Smith similarly wanted to resurrect something that was always great, but was waiting to be rediscovered, as in the old Chardonnay vines in Washington State. Being the sixth label that Charles has created—sextus translates to “sixth” in Latin—the name SIXTO was a perfect fit.

Read the full story about SIXTO, pioneering Chardonnay in Washington State.

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