2018 Chamisal Vineyards ‘Stainless’ Chardonnay
Tasting Notes Oak aging not your thing? This Chardonnay has your name not it. Aromas of lime zest, green apple, passionfruit and what flowers. On the palate you will find a round entry (from the partial malolactic fermentation) with the crispness of a green apple.
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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.
2017 Solomon Hills Estate Chardonnay$50.00WS 91JD 93WE 93VN 94Wine Spectator 91: Very crisp, featuring intense white currant, celery root and wild herbal flavors that are supported by fresh acidity. The contoured finish is driven by saline notes and flinty accents. Drink now through 2024.Jeb Dunnick 93: From a great site just down from Bien Nacido, in the Santa Maria Valley, the 2017 Chardonnay Solomon Hills reveals a medium gold color as well as a terrific bouquet of tart pineapple, peach, white flowers, and honeysuckle. With notable elegance, medium body, bright acidity, and a clean finish, it's a racy yet balanced and well-made effort from the region that has plenty of salty minerality as well as the capacity to evolve for over a decade.Wine Enthusiast 93: This fascinating wine begins with aromas of citrus spray and chamomile wrapped in toasted wood, offering much intrigue right away. Flavors of sour lemon candy are tight, tart and bright on the palate, which also shows warmer apple tones against a searing and sharp acidity. Drink now through 2032.Vinous 94: The 2017 Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard is quite a bit richer than the Bien Nacido Chardonnay tasted alongside it, but at the same time, it also has more energy, tension and overall volume. Tropical notes, white flowers, lemon confit, hazelnut, sage and mineral notes meld together in a potent, phenolic Chardonnay endowed with tremendous personality. The combination of bold, ripe fruit and vibrant structure is compelling.
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.