The spectacular Chardonnay La Carriere is becoming one of my favorite California Chardonnays as it tastes like a Corton-Charlemagne on steroids. The 2003 boasts aromas of crushed rock, quince, lemon butter, and orange marmalade, followed by a full-bodied, powerful yet extraordinarily elegant wine with an amazing finish. (RP)
Clearer light yellow color. Deep aromas of apricot, citrus skin, nutmeg and crushed stone. Juicy, stony and firmly built, if youthfully tight. Very pure, vibrant, precise flavors of minerals and candied lime and lemon. Finishes extremely dry and minerally, with terrific grip and some youthful austerity. Some of the best blocks of this vineyard went into the Point Rouge bottling in 2003. (ST)
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)