The Elegance and Poise of a Wine Twice Its Price
Cult Pinot Noir producer Sea Smoke, along with the other producers flying high in Santa Barbara County’s Sta. Rita Hills AVA, stand on the shoulders of legend Richard Sanford, who planted the first vines in the region. We are thrilled to offer the 2014 Alma Rosa Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills, crafted by the Vintners’ Hall of Famer Sanford and accomplished winemaker Nick de Luca, alumnus of stellar Sonoma County producers Cline, Fisher, and Williams Selyem. This beautiful mineral-laced Chardonnay, grown in fine, sandy soils a stone’s throw from Melville and Brewer-Clifton, impressed our tasting panel to the tune of 92 points, and confirms what Sanford saw nearly 50 years ago: that Sta. Rita Hills is one of the finest spots for Burgundy-style wines in the USA. Thanks to our long and fruitful relationship, we are happy to bring Wine Access clients the region’s top terroir and talent, for an unbeatable $16.99 per bottle — 43% off. If you ever wondered if Sanford’s still got it, this will be your answer.
Sometime in the past 15 years, the world rushed in to Sta. Rita Hills. Seemingly overnight, the gorgeous coastal AVA set in Santa Barbara’s famous fog and sunshine joined the ranks of California’s most prized regions. Producers like Sea Smoke and Foxen became famous names. Most recently, Jackson Family Wines headed south from Santa Rosa and paid an undisclosed (read: massive) sum for a marquee winery and its 60 acres of land. All this, in the region that the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard put on the wine map.
After selling his revered Sanford winery, Richard founded Alma Rosa, using grapes from the organic Rancho el Jabalí Vineyard he had planted in 1983. The Alma Rosa Sta. Rita Hills, harvested in the warm and even 2014 season from the Esperanza Vineyard, is a ripe yet high-toned Chardonnay showing gentle oak, exceptional freshness, and the elegance and poise of a wine twice its price. A stunning offer of a wine made by a Sta. Rita Hills legend.