Dragonette Cellars 2020 "Rita's Crown" Chardonnay, Sta. Rita HIlls
Rita’s Crown is located at one of the highest points in the Sta. Rita Hills, adjacent to such famous sites as Mt Carmel and Sea Smoke. Farming is organic with some biodynamics (not certified). Soils are sandy and clay loam with diatomaceous earth. Chardonnay comes from two steep west and southwest facing blocks which are regularly buffeted by high winds. The low vigor soils produce a small canopy, small yields, and a long slow growing season. The wines here tend to show beautiful tropical fruits, balanced by strong notes of chalky minerals and great natural acidity.