2018 Bodegas Luis Cañas Rioja Blanco
James Suckling 90: A layered and fruity white with lots of lemon-curd and lime-skin character. Phenolic and lightly chewy, too. Full body. Flavorful and delicious. White Rioja? Yes.
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2016 Long Meadow Ranch Chardonnay$44.00Tasting Notes The aromatics are exotic and the palate possesses minerality with a burgeoning richness. Youthful and pale green in color, the flavors are complex, revealing floral, pear, and lemon notes. A lovely mineral core and crystallized fruit, with a long, energetic finish. Very enjoyable now but will age gracefully for at least a decade.
2017 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay$43.00WA 91JD 95WE 93Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 91: The 2017 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills has a fresh, open nose of Golden Delicious apple, yellow pear, acacia flowers, crushed stone and white peach. Light to medium-bodied with ripe fruits and integrated acidity, it has a long, minerally finish. About 2,500 cases were produced.Jeb Dunnick 95: One of the great values out there, the 2017 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills offers thrilling notes of white flowers, white peach, currants, and toasted bread. This ripe, sexy wine is unquestionably at the same level as the more expensive single vineyard releases, and it will evolve for just as long.Wine Enthusiast 93: This appellation blend carries that aromatic hallmark of this winery's Chardonnays, with a streak of walnut oil that decorates the marmalade and toast tones. The palate is bright in acidity, giving energy to the flavors of walnut paste, dried orange peel and sun-dried honeysuckle.
2015 Alma Fria ‘Campbell Ranch’ Chardonnay$55.00VN 94Vinous 94: The 2015 Chardonnay Campbell Ranch is translucent, striking and highly nuanced. Orange peel, butter, honey and light tropical notes all flesh out in the glass. The flavor profile is pure Hyde Wente clone – with all of its natural richness – and yet structurally the wine is medium in body and super-refined. Drinking window: 2018-2022.