Santa Maria Valley
Farthest north in Santa Barbara County, the Santa Maria Valley has a very different topography from its neighbors to the south. There is a bench that slopes away from the mountains to the east, and down toards the ocean in the west. Fog patterns are well established and as a result, there are very even growing conditions for these vines.
The 2014 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay from 44-year old vines at Bien Nacido pushes the intensity needle even further. This wine has a more tropical personality on the nose and the palate is dominated by a steely coolness. So refreshing and so mouthwatering. Out here we’d pair it with rock crab or abalone or sea urchin. Basically find the scariest looking sea creature you can find, cook it and enjoy it with this bottle. It will pair with rich seafood like a dream. 45 cases produced.