2018 Caitlin's La Marina Chardonnay


La Marina– “The Seacoast” in Spanish – is named for a portion of Evan’s Ranch that benefits from marine breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean and boasts a soil type called Marina Sand.  The Chardonnay we make from this block of grapes is distinguished stylistically from our other Evan’s Ranch Chardonnay, Las Brisas, by its impressive weight and richness, which contrasts with the lighter, crisper personality of Las Brisas.

Caitlin's La Marina Chardonnay typically is a mix of different clones of the variety.  Our 2018 vintage is a blend of two clones. Predominatley Clone 4, which possesses a high concentration of malic acid and thus lends itself to a secondary, malolactic fermentation, which engenders the creamy, buttery character emblematic of Caitlin's La Marina.  Clone 95 elevates Caitlin's La Marina fragrant aromas and reinforces its exemplary balance.  Blending them together produces a complex Chardonnay whose lush fruit is enriched by 100% barrel and malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging in barrel.

Our 2018 Caitlin's La Marina Chardonnay dazzles with vivid, creamy aromas of orange blossom, golden apple, mango, peach, and lemon curd augmented by scents of hazelnut, honey and vanilla.  Mouthfilling and concentrated on the palate, its opulent honey, crème brulee, nectarine, lime and white peach flavors culminate in a long, mineral-y finish. 

With perfect structure and deep, luscious flavors balanced by vibrant acidity, this exceptional Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay, from a great vintage, is delicious now with a wide range of fish and fowl, but will continue evolving in bottle over the next 2-3 years.

Enjoy!

Dan Gainey


Wine Details

Composition:

100% Evan's Ranch Chardonnay:

  • 75% Clone 4
  • 25% Clone 95

Harvest Dates:
October 6th, 2018

Barrel Aging:
10 months, sur lies in 44% new oak

Fermentation:
100% barrel, 100% malolactic

Bottled:
July 18th, 2019

Alcohol:
14.1%

TA:
0.65 g/100ml

pH:
3.44