Hilliard Bruce is proud to be a certified sustainable vineyard through Sustainable in Practice (SIP). Sustainable vineyard practices are of utmost importance and is diligently managed by Julian Malone of Coastal Vineyard Care. Every effort is made to maintain the vineyard’s health and productivity, lessen environmental impact, conserve our natural resources, and minimize pollution. Their vineyards are cared for by hand and gently hand-harvested.
– Fertilizer is made in their cutting-edge, static-aerated compost facility, along with the use of cover crops in the dormant season
– Water is sourced from our 1.9 million-gallon on-site well reservoir, naturally filtered of hard minerals and metals via floating bio-remediation islands
– Irrigation to each vine monitored through in-soil sensors, which measure the exact deficit of each vine so that no water is given unless necessary
The vineyard is divided into blocks by soil, rootstock, and clone variety. Microclimate conditions vary between each block – from full sun, 40-mph marine winds, cool valleys, and warm East- and South-facing blocks. Vines are planted densely 3 feet apart in 6-foot rows – 2,420 vines per acre. Our unique climate is defined by a cold and windy maritime influence, allowing for an extended growing season for the grapes. The fast-draining soil is sandy silt, which stresses the vines, resulting in greater control over irrigation and ultimately, more complex flavors.
Embracing sustainability in the vineyard has translated to every aspect of the winery’s purposeful design. Among the many features at the gravity-flow winery is a subterranean naturally humidified cellar with ambient temperature-controlled aging rooms, solar power, no-maintenance core-ten steel siding, creative LED lighting, as well as 40ft solar tubes that bring natural sunlight into the cellar. Views of the Sta. Rita Hills through 120-foot-wide by 2.5-story-tall glass windows can be seen from virtually every corner inside the building – a perfect reminder of the beautiful natural landscape that surrounds us. Designed by local architect Vladimir Milosevic.
2013 Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills is made in Christine’s simple Burgundian method – lightly pressed and barrel fermented with Montrachet yeast. This vintage highlights the citrus, terroir, and minerality of the vineyard, balanced by 14 months avg in 30% new Damy barrels from Meursault. Aromas of honeysuckle rise from the glass, as lemon peel, slate and pineapple add lift and crispness to the smooth palate. 93 points, Antonio Galloni. Clean, classy and pure elements result harmonizing the linear nature of sandy soil with the elongated upbringing in cooperage to round out the finished wine. Alcohol: 14% Retail:$35.00
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