Sierra Madre Vineyards: 2008 Chardonnay from the Santa Maria Valley

Sierra Madre

Sierra Madre Vineyard is a small family winery in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria Valley. The Santa Maria Valley runs east-west to the Pacific, with sea breezes providing the cool climate so favorable to the optimal growth and ripening of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Sierra Madre Vineyard is located at the western end of the valley, just 15 miles from the sea. The unique terroir of this portion of the Santa Maria Valley is reflected in the exceptionally good 2008 Chardonnays reviewed here. We earlier reviewed Sierra Madre’s Pinot Noir wines and concluded they rank among California’s best.

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