2019 Caitlin's La Marina Chardonnay

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Evan’s Ranch Caitlin’sLa Marina Chardonnay is named for my daughter Caitlin, who is a fourth generation member of my family to be involved with our ranch and winery here in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.                        

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 2019 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 2019 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 from the date it was bottled.


Dan Gainey

Wine Details


100% Evan's Ranch Chardonnay:

  • 80% Clone 4
  • 20% Clone 96

Harvest Dates:
September 27th through October 1st, 2019

Barrel Aging:
10 months, sur lies in 40% new oak

100% barrel, 100% malolactic

July 17th, 2020


0.61 g/100ml