Our First Vintage of Chardonnay!

We are thrilled to release SAMsARA Wine Co.’s very first white wines – the 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay and the 2017 Zotovich Vineyard Chardonnay. We don’t think they could have come out any better!  SAMsARA Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County The 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is made with fruit from 4 stellar sites (Kessler-Haak, Zotovich, John Sebastiano and Donnachadh Vineyards) and only 200 cases were produced. The barrels from Zotovich Vineyard were outstanding this year, so we we selected the best four and bottled them as a single vineyard designate Chardonnay.  Both wines are fresh and acid-driven, with texture and richness added from barrel fermentation and lees contact.  No new oak or stainless steel were used, resulting in bright, clean wines that walk the line between acidity and texture. Matt really nailed it!  We are really pleased with our inaugural vintage and so was wine critic, Jeb Dunnuck .  Here are his reviews: 2017 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay  – 91-93 Points “Not yet bottled and still aging in neutral barrels, the 2017 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills gives up a terrific bouquet of sweet citrus, mint and pineapple.  With a medium-bodied, layered, nicely concentrated style on the palate as well as vibrant acidity, it’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate yet also evolve nicely” – Jeb Dunnuck $38/Bottle – Wine Club discounts apply / 10% case discount for non-club members  >> Order now 2017 Zotovich Vineyard Chardonnay – 92-94 Points “The 2017 Chardonnay Zotovich Vineyard offers more complexity as well as terrific notes of white peach, crushed citrus, leafy herbs and obvious salty minerality.  It is rocking on the palate, with bright acidity and a chiseled, focused style that’s buffered nicely by the charming nature of this vintage.  It’s going to drink nicely in its youth yet also evolve for a decade of more.” – Jeb Dunnuck $48/Bottle – Wine Club discounts apply / 10% case discount for non-club members  >> Order now With the holidays just around the corner, these stellar Chardonnays can be a great addition to your family celebrations or as thoughtful gifts. You can order on our website, by emailing devon@samsarawine.com, or by calling us at 805-688-8689.  Or stop by our Los Olivos tasting room for a taste and take home a few bottles for the holidays ahead! Cheers, Joan and Dave Szkutak