2022 SAINTSBURY Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyards Carneros

SAINTSBURY Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyards Carneros

¥9,900 (incl. tax)

Saintsbury’s energetic and zesty Chardonnay expresses the terroir of the gentle hills, loam and clay soils, and cool summers of the Carneros region. The fruit is sourced from vineyards that have been farmed by the Sangiacomo family for decades. The many clones of Chardonnay planted in the vineyard, play a role in the complexity and nuance of this wine, but decades of winemaking experience are also important. Burgundian techniques, such as sur-lie aging, battonage, and limited use of new oak, extract flavor and ensure that fruit and natural acidity remain in perfect balance. 2022 is remembered for a serious September heat wave that sent winemakers scrambling; fortunately, the fruit for this wine was picked and in tank before the mercury began to rise seriously. This is a zesty, energetic wine that pleases with fresh aromatics of lime and kumquats and flavors of tangy citrus and white peach. It will pair well with braised chicken with lemon and olives, grilled whole fish, or creamy cheeses.


Winery Description

Andre Tchelistcheff , the great Russian emigre winemaker/prophet, proclaimed that Carneros with its cool climate would one day produce Northern California’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Though a few growers and sparkling wine producers in the 1970s heeded his call and began planting vineyards in the district, it took a few years for a winery to focus on making a true Carneros Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. One of the pioneers in this area was Saintsbury.

 Founded in 1981 by Richard Ward and David Graves (who had met in an oenology class at UC Davis) Saintsbury has always aimed to produce distinctive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay exclusively from the cool and windy terroir of Carneros. Starting small, success came quickly, with the winery growing to 35,000 cases within 10 years. Over the years, Saintsbury has focused almost entirely on single vineyard and appellation-designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – though recently it has begun to make wine from vineyards in the Anderson Valley and to produce some Carneros Syrah as well. Saintsbury was an early adopter of using varietal clones to improve their wine by, for example, planting a particular vineyard site with the most appropriate clones or by using clonal diversity to achieve more complexity. A few years ago, Saintsbury sold off its Garnet line of high value wines in order to focus on appellation-designated or single vineyard wines. Frenchman Jerome Chery, the winemaker since 2004, is a specialist in these sorts of wines.

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Los Carneros
Winery Saintsbury
Vintage 2022
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 29.5
Case Size 35.5 x 27.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code SA22CCH
UPC 732458950179

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Tasting notes

Aromas of lime, kumquats, and juicy apples - with hints of white flowers and coconut - open up to a crisp and zesty palate of citrus, orange marmalade and white peach. Finishes clean and slightly creamy. 



After harvesting at night, the grape clusters were quickly sorted and gently pressed. The juice was fermented in 5% new French oak barrels and aged for 9 months.

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