Revealing a tell-tale greenish hue to its deep gold color (which is more mature and older looking than the 1996s), the 1997 exhibits aromas of roasted hazelnuts, smoke, brioche, honeyed melons and honeysuckle. Although it is neither as complex nor compelling as the 1996 (it’s hard to follow an utterly perfect wine), it is a full-bodied Chardonnay offering notes of liquified tropical fruit, good acidity, and a slightly more monolithic quality than its older sibling. (RP)
Impressive complexity, finesse and depth of flavor in this wine, with a mix of rich, mineral, fig, anise, citrus and smoky campfire notes (right down to the toasted marshmallow nuances). Holds its focus nicely on the long, rich finish, mixing youthful flavors with mature ones.
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2013 Solomon Hills "Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)