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Dominion Tantara Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley 2017  - Invino

Dominion Tantara Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley 2017

Chardonnay  |  US

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These folks have managed to fly almost completely under the radar – yet they’ve been making great wines since 1997. Small lots, with the majority of their production earmarked directly for restaurants, make it a scarce find at retail shops. But if you’ve tried any of these from us before, you already know – these are serious wines at a very friendly price!

Thirteen miles from the Pacific Ocean in one of the coolest winegrowing spots in Santa Barbara County, Dierberg Vineyard lies in a mesa perched above the Santa Maria River, on the western edge of the Santa Maria Valley appellation. The ocean influence makes for an ideal climate to grow world-class chardonnay – with ripeness and weight balanced by elegance and charm. This bottling offers alluring aromas of star jasmine, peach blossoms, and orange water – leading into notes of baked Gala apples, ripe Bosc pears, lemon meringue, pie crust, and flinty limestone. The full, vibrant palate on the mouth is rich and creamy, with uplifting accents of Meyer lemon zest and Granny Smith apples. We bought everything we could as this is the sort of California chardonnay you can never have too much of! 

The chardonnay for this wine is planted on sandy loam soils, interspersed by ancient marine sediments, moderated daily by the morning fog of the Pacific. Three separate blocks, each planted to a unique clone – Dijon 76, Hudson, and Clone 15 (known throughout Washington state as the Prosser clone). The grapes are whole-cluster pressed, chilled, and settled for 48 hours before being racked to neutral French oak for primary and secondary fermentation. The wine then ages for 18 months on the fine lees before bottling. That’s a serious pedigree for UNDER $15! At a total production of only 160 cases, we’re thrilled to have scored as much as we did! Did we mention OVER 55% OFF? This is a cellar defender at its finest…grab a lot!

About the Producer

Since 1997, Tantara has been dedicated to producing the very finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They are known for keeping their winery production small on account of their commitment to detail and the finite amount of fruit that meets their standards. These wines are among the finest representation of Santa Lucia Highlands winemaking.

  • WinemakerRick Hill
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationCentral Coast
  • VineyardDierberg Vineyard
  • Aging/Cooperage18 Months with full lees contact no stirring
  • Harvest DateAugust 25th through September 28th 2017
  • Alcohol13.4%
  • Production160 Cases cases