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. Varied elevation of up to 900 feet, and soils of both marine sedimentary clay loam and white sand make it a rarity in the appellation.
Pale gold and light-medium bodied. Aromas of pineapple, lemon zest, jasmine, and vanilla bean are supported by flavors of lemon meringue and toasted brioche. While aromatically floral and fruit-focused, it is linear and acid-driven on the palate, balancing California fruit purity and Old world tension.
50% malolactic fermentation
Native primary and secondary fermentations occurred in barrel
9 months élévage in 20% new, 10% second-fill, and 70% neutral French oak barrels
Five barrels • 120 cases produced
94 points Wine Enthusiast