Pale gold. Aromas of orange, pineapple, white flowers and smoky lees. Spicy, high-pitched and focused, with juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors given further punch by building minerality. Shows strong tension on the smoky, floral finish, which leaves behind a suggestion of iodine. (JR)
Another medium-bodied, Burgundian-style effort is the 2013 Chardonnay Estate Arroyo Grande Valley. Seeing nine months in 15% new French oak, it has classic apple blossom, white peach and citrus aromas and flavors, medium-bodied richness and a vibrant, clean and classy style. Coming from a blend of Rincon, Rosemary and Monte Sereno Vineyards, it's a no-brainer purchase and will drink nicely for 4-5 years. (JD)
White peach cooked in browned butter, sea salt and apple slice aromas make for a delicious entry into this bottling from one of the few estate wineries in the appellation. Spiced apple and lemon salt flavors combine for a solid and ever-reliable palate, while a fresh-rain-on-cement accent adds interest and depth. (MK)
This medium-full-bodied, comfortably balanced youngster earns high praise for its light-on-its-feet approach. It is clean, decently fruity and gets dollops of richness from creamy oak and a touch of buttery roundness to its aromas and flavors, and its energetic style continues into a firm, minerally finish that comes with a bit of a chalky edge. Service with food or a year in bottle is all that is needed for full enjoyment.
Fresh and snappy, with a nervy core of citrus- and mineral-laced green apple and grapefruit flavors, giving this a mouthwatering personality. (JL)
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