2017 Chamisal Chardonnay$20.00WA 91WE 90Robert 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.
2017 Levendi ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay$28.00Tasting Notes Tropical fruit on the nose, moderated by beautiful vanilla oak aromas. Pineapple and Mango flavors mix with classic lemon and green apple. A rich, velvety texture through the mid-palate, and finishing clean.
2015 Forgeron Cellars ‘Anvil’ French Creek Vineyard Chardonnay$46.00JD 94WE 92Wine Enthusiast 92: Sourced from one of the state's top Chardonnay sites, this wine was aged longer in barrel (16 months vs. 10), with a greater percentage of new oak (50 percent vs 35 percent) than the winery's Columbia Valley bottling. Its toast, cardamom, peach and clarified butter aromas are followed by full-bodied, creamy stone fruit flavors with plentiful spice accents. It's a delicious expression of the variety from a warm vintage.