Spear is one of the newest and most compelling sites in the Sta. Rita Hills. Planted in 2014 and farmed organically by Ofer Shepher, its northern border and steep north facing slopes hug Highway 246. Its varied elevation of up to 900 feet, and soils of both sedimentary clay loam and white beach sand make it a rarity in the appellation.
Straw to pale gold and light-medium bodied. Lemon curd and chamomile are supported by pineapple and toasted brioche. Explosively aromatic yet linear and acid-driven on the palate, this wine redefines California chardonnay as something much closer to its Burgundian heritage.
85% malolactic fermentation
Native primary and secondary fermentations occurred in barrel
9 months élévage in 20% new François Frères barrels
Three and a half barrels • 83 cases produced
94 Points Wine Enthusiast