‘SUPPLE AND NUANCED’ 92 POINT
SANTA RITA HILLS CHARDONNAY – OVER 30% OFF!
"One of the longtime friends of The Wine House has released a stellar value Chardonnay that earned 92 points from Antonio Galloni and we’re offering a superb deal for under $15 a bottle – over 30% off! The Gainey Estate Chardonnay, made from two family-owned vineyards in Santa Rita Hills, is wonderfully balanced with just a kiss of French oak and minerality. It sits perfectly between a buttery California chardonnay and a mineral Chablis. Pick up a case today and enjoy!" – Glen Knight, The Wine House (5/4/17)
FROM THE WINERY
Tasting Notes: The wine boasts fresh golden apple, spiced pear and melon aromas with citrus and mineral undertones and hints of vanilla, honey and oak spice. Rich and creamy on the palate, its succulent honeyed apple, white peach, lemon-lime and mineral flavors are nicely accented by subtle, spicy oak tones in the long, refreshing finish. Delicious now, this superb Santa Rita Hills chardonnay will drink beautifully overthe next 2-3 years.
Our Estate Grown Chardonnay is a blend of grapes from our two ideally situated Santa Rita Hills vineyards: Rancho Esperanza, located on the western edge and Evan’s Ranch located on the eastern edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA. The Santa Rita Hills appellation is located approximately 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Rancho Esperanza produces a bright lean style of chardonnay with citrus and mineral notes and great acidity. We complete the blend with Evan’s Ranch fruit to fill in with richness and ripe apple components. Blending this prime fruit together allows us to craft a deeply flavorful, beautifully textured and delightfully complex chardonnay.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard Composition: 61% Gainey’s Rancho Esperanza 39% Gainey’s Evan’s Ranch
Harvest Dates: August 29th through October 2, 2014
Fermentation: 60% Barrel & 40% tank
Barrel Aging: 9 months in 20% new French oak
ABOUT THE GAINEY FAMILY
"In 1962, my grandfather and father purchased 1,800 acres of undeveloped land stretching across the east end of Santa Ynez Valley. Within a year, they started a cattle operation and converted 600 acres into farmland for vegetables, fruit, flowers, and hay crops that have sustained our family for generations.
After my grandfather passed away, my father took over farming our Home Ranch and planted 50 acres of grapevines, nurturing a dream he had of one day producing a Gainey family wine. In 1984, he established our Spanish-style winery – designed to produce small quantities of high-quality wine – and released a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The following year, I joined my father in the family business and set about learning it from the ground up. In 1996, I purchased an additional plot of land in what would become the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in western Santa Ynez Valley, and planted 60 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. I named the vineyard Evan’s Ranch after my great-grandfather. The Sta. Rita Hills proved ideally suited to those varieties, so in 2009, I planted another 50-acre parcel in this cool, maritime appellation and named it Rancho Esperanza.
Today, our vineyards and winery comprise an important part of my family’s agricultural operations, and we’re fortunate to have vineyards that yield enough high-quality fruit to estate bottle all our wines. My wife, Diane, and I are proud that our son and daughters, the fourth generation of Gaineys in the Santa Ynez Valley, are continuing our family’s tradition of farming and winemaking in this most beautiful region of California. We invite you to come visit us the next time you’re in Santa Barbara winecountry." – Dan Gainey