2016 Chardonnay

Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block 11, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Producer

    Scar of the Sea

  • What we love

    Sourced from a very special block high on a hillside and tucked away in a canyon at the famed Bien Nacido Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in Santa Barbara. A wine of pedigree and distinction, the 2016 “Block 11” Chardonnay is California sunshine in a bottle. Vibrantly fresh and thirst-quenching, with notes of lemon, sea salt, and tropical fruit.

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About this Wine

Founded by longtime friends Mikey Giugni and Michael Brughelli, Scar of the Sea seeks to produce wines and ciders with a sense of place, showing strong balance, complex structure, and an easy to drink flavor profile.

“The [Scar of the Sea] wines I have tasted are superb. Native fermentations, minimal oak influence, and no fining or filtration are de rigueur. Wine lovers should do whatever they can to taste these wines, as they are special.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

Drink now through 2026.

93 points Wine Enthusiast, 94 points Antonio Galloni.

  • Technical Data
  • Blend: 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol: 12.5% | Production: 100 cases
  • Winemaking: Made with organic grapes. Barrel fermented with native yeasts and aged on lees for 16 months.

Mikey Giugni & Michael Brughelli

Owners + Winemakers


Established in 2012, Scar of the Sea is a 50-50 partnership founded by longtime friends and colleagues, Mikey Giugni and Michael Brughelli.

Giugni oversees production of their popular hard ciders, their Pet Nat and their county-designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Brughelli oversees their single-vineyard offerings, made inside a small, modest winery space located a few hundred yards as the crow flies from Au Bon Climat Winery. There Brughelli keeps careful watch over about 24 barrels of their single-vineyard Pinot Noir and 12 barrels of their single-vineyard Chardonnay, including their critically-acclaimed Bien Nacido Block 11 Chardonnay.

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