Chardonnay wine bottle
Rated 90+ Points
diatom
Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay
$36.00
2016
750 ml
Winery
diatom
Vintage
2016
Variety
Chardonnay
Region
Santa Barbara County, CA
Acclaim
94 Points, JebDunnuck.com, J.D., Aug. 2019
Description

Located on the western border of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Hilliard Bruce Vineyard sets the stage for Winemaker Greg Brewer to create this Chardonnay in the most unaltered, skeletal and vulnerable manner possible. Crafted at low temperatures using only small stainless-steel tanks, the vineyards severe ocean winds are a stark contrast to diatom's restrained winemaking style. Lime zest and Asian pear aromas complement the green apple, mint, and white peach flavors giving this wine a full-bodied texture.

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About diatom

Aptly named diatom after Santa Barbara’s diatomaceous soils, which are comprised of minute, oceanic fossils. The wines are strictly made from Chardonnay and resemble the soils, with a precise, clean approach to winemaking. Cold stainless fermentation, no malolactic and the use of old vine material set the wines apart. Winemaker Greg Brewer strives for a recognition of place with as little disturbance, distraction or interference as possible. The resulting wines have a sense of transparency and a purity of intent and purpose.

diatom Santa Barbara County Chardonnay