2013 Sinor-LaVallee San Luis Obispo County Chardonnay SKU #1279333


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K&L Notes

Can a Chardonnay please both the bigger is better and also the balance above all else crowds? If there ever was one the 2013 Sinor-LaVallee San Luis Obispo Chardonnay may be just that golden ticket. This Chardonnay is made by Mike Sinor, who has made over 20 vintages in the Central Coast and currently also makes wine for Ancient Peaks, from his estate vineyard named the Bassi Vineyard. Outside of any major AVA, the vineyard is situated near the village of Avila Beach only 1.2 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, Mike chose to just simply label the wine San Luis Obispo County, a humble name for a wine this powerful and intriguing. Fermented entirely in oak, both French and American, this Chard sees twice a month battonage to help build texture and weight into the natural vibrancy of this coastal site. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    An exceptionally well-made Chardonnay from a winemaker whom we have long been a fan of, this offering from Mike Sinor strikes a beautiful balance on almost every front. Buttery vanilla on the nose leads one to expect a richer wine, but instead this bottle shows a more racy, elegant side. Acid and oak work in harmony and carry the citrus and stone fruit here. A little maritime note from the seaside adds a touch of exoticism to the wine and really rounds everything out.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    California Chard lovers rejoice! Here's a rich and wonderful Chard at an incredibly good price. With a Ripe pear and beeswax nose, lovely peachy fruit and a note of brulee on the palate showing a little creamy oak from the French and American barrels. Nicely powerful but mercifully avoiding the RS trap. It's a crowd pleaser and a very well made wine.
    Top Value!
  • Keith Palace
    By: Keith Palace
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a lovely wine for under $25. The nose has some white pepper and toasted creme brulee notes while the body is very rich yet clean. The finish is nice and long with a slight hint of sweetness. Get some of this one before its gone!
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    The Sinor LaVallee SLO County Chardonnay expresses richer tropical fruit notes such as Autalfo mangos and yellow pineapple plus the addition of torched marshmallow, crème brûlée, and baking spice. It's a lush and heavy wine with enough acid to keep it balanced. A phenomenal wine from the quaint little coastal town of Avila Beach, California.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Butterscotch, kettle corn, and notes of grilled peach and vanilla bean fill the intense and fleshy nose. But as soon as you taste this one has to also be impressed with how balanced it is. Freshening up a touch on the entry with lovely lemon meringue and key lime pie flavors that ride over more oak laden tones of stone fruit, shortbread and peach cobbler this is impressively rich and somehow lifting as well. With just enough acid to keep it moving along briskly, plenty of weight to impress the “big” Chardonnay crowd and intense tropicality with lychee, mango and nutmeg flavors in the finish this is a pleasing wine for just about any Chard fan out there.


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