Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 91: The 2017 Chardonnay Monterey County opens with notes of gunflint and toast over baked apples, yellow pears, popcorn and a tropical tinge. The palate is medium-bodied and rounded with an über spicy, fresh fruit profile lifted by mouthwatering acidity, and it finishes long and toasty. This has an appealing yin-yang of savory and bright citrus character.
Wine Enthusiast 90: Broad and creamy aromas are cut by lemon juice and crushed chalk on the approachable nose of this bottling. The smoky quality extends to the palate, where toasted almond, ripe peach and salted lemons make for a mouthwatering experience.
Vinous 92: The 2015 Chardonnay Plural is soft, pliant and super-expressive. Apricot, orchard fruit, smoke, chamomile and floral notes give the 2015 lovely texture to match its understated, gracious personality. This is a very pretty, appellation-level Chardonnay that nicely balances the richness of the year with a good bit of freshness. Fruit sources are Campbell Ranch and Zephyr Farms. Drinking window: 2018-2022.