2013 Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Chardonnay

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The wine possesses a strong varietal character on the nose with notes of crushed flowers, Yuzu and orange zest, pineapple guava, and crushed rocks. On the palate, the fine-grained texture and beautiful body is balanced by a strong sense of minerality and vibrant acidity. Notes of flowers, citrus zest, crushed rocks and reduction echo the nose and lead to a long, unfolding finish with terrific length and complexity. This was the first vintage we racked the nine French oak barrels after 11 months into a single stainless steel tank to homogenize and integrate for five months before bottling as is the practice among our favorite Burgundy producers. The resulting wine is fully integrated with a concentration on the mid palate that is impressive. 94, Editors Choise, Wine Enthusiast Light and a little cloudy in the glass, this is a delicious and deep wine from a vineyard in the eastern Salinas Valley, with lime blossoms, squeezed lemons, wet cement and salted white peach on the nose. The palate deftly pairs chalk, sour cream, and lime zest with dried white peach, sea salt and fresh churned butter. 92, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate From a cool site in Monterey County, it gives up crisp orchard fruits, citrus, blossom, white flowers and hints of brioche (it spent 15 months in French oak) to go with a medium-bodied, fresh, classically styled feel on the palate. Energetic, vibrant and almost racy with bright acidity, it was bottled unfined and unfiltered. There's only 200 cases, but it's superb and well worth tracking down.