Green-tinged yellow. An intensely perfumed bouquet displays scents of yellow plum, mango, jasmine and smoky minerals. Lush, gently sweet pit and tropical fruit flavors show very good concentration, with a gingery element adding vibrancy. A sexy floral quality comes up on the long, pliant finish, which leaves a bright chalky note behind. Gavin Chanin said that his initial fears that the 2012 pinots would turn out on the soft side and in need of relatively early drinking have turned out to be unfounded: "It (2012) has turned out to be a fantastic year, with more finesse than the wines showed initially and also more structure." He added that he thinks "the 2013s should be more approachable than the 2012s and will be great for restaurants and people who like extroverted fruit." Ten percent new French oak is used across across the board here. (Josh Raynolds)
Giving up more spice, brioche and rising bread-like qualities, the 2012 Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard has a core of pear, apple and peachy-styled fruit, as well a medium-bodied richness, integrated acidity and impressive overall focus. Seeing 15 months in 15% new French oak, it has a cooler climate feel on the palate, and will drink nicely for 4-5 years.
Serves up a tasty mix of citrus, green apple, pear and honeydew melon notes that are pure and lively, with a touch of citrus pithiness and a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2020.
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)