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2016 SIXTO Roza Hills Chardonnay

2016 SIXTO Roza Hills Chardonnay

Price: $55.00

If there is a baseline for Washington Chardonnay, this is it! Rich, full, all- encompassing white chocolate, chestnut, fresh churned sweet cream and spring flowers. A dollop of marmalade completes the deliciousness. So good. So Washington. - Charles

 

Current & Past Scores

95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
“The star of the show is the 2016 Chardonnay Roza Hills and it comes from a site in the Rattlesnake Hills region and was brought up roughly one-quarter new French oak. It has riviting minerality as well as classy notes of lemon, buttered citrus, toasted spice, and brioche. Deep, full-bodied, seamless, and elegant on the palate, it’s the finest Chardonnay I’ve tasted from Washington.”


92 Points, Vinous/Tanzer
“(from vines planted in 1975): Bright medium yellow. Aromas of aplets (an apple-and-walnut confection commonly produced in Washington) dusted with sugar. Suave and polished but also boasts the most energy and thrust of this set of Chardonnays. A hint of Chassagne-Montrachet- like earthiness adds another dimension. The pH here is high but acidity is sound, owing to the site’s chalky soil and 1,350-foot elevation. This wonderfully rich, tactile, broad wine finishes firm, minerally and long.”


Vineyard

The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.

 

Roza Hills (100%): At an elevation of 1350 feet above sea level the vineyard is in a natural southern sloping bowl that sits on the southern slope of the Rattlesnake Hills, planted in 1977. Temperatures, which are among the most moderate in the state, provide consistent ripening. To the west, the Cascade Mountain range shields eastern Washington from the Pacific Ocean’s climactic influence while the Rattlesnake Hills diverts polar air from Canada, which can often damage grape vines. Soils, which are characterized by their nice texture, in contrast to the sandy soils found in nearby AVA regions. Roza Hills is the largest vineyard in the AVA and has several soil profiles throughout. The majority of the vineyard is planted in a loamy silt to clay with broken basalt chunks interspersed. This soil is called the Moxee Series and consists of shallow, well drained soils that formed in loess over a limestone mantling basalt. It is slightly alkaline. These soils lie above the flood plain of the Missoula flood and are therefore older than those located at lower elevations in the valley.


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