2014 Black Kite "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (Previously $43) SKU #1314334


RP 93 WE 93 VN 91
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K&L Notes

Everyone wants to talk about Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir these days and rightfully so. The varietal put the region on the map and it is why vineyard names like Pisoni, Rosella's, Garys' and Sleepy Hollow are household talk to wine fans the world over. The problem is that people have gotten locked into the trap that the region only makes Pinot Noir. Not True! There is so much other cool stuff going on there right now. Generally speaking where Pinot Noir does well so does Chardonnay and the fantastic growers of the area have caught on and recently planted numerous sites to Chardonnay. Similar to the Pinot of the region these wines have a tendency to largesse and richness with a backbone of volcanic-esque minerality. (Bryan Brick, Domestic Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Black Kite is a new winery to me, and this Chardonnay from Soberanes Vineyard impressed me. The nose is very expressive with lemon creme, yellow apple, vanilla and oak. The palate surprised me by showing lots of freshness and vibrant acidity creating a balanced, medium to full-body Chardonnay. This is a great California find if you're wanting something new.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    Crafted from Wente clone Chardonnay grown in the sandy soils of Soberanes Vineyard, this beauty is fruit forward, full bodied and powerful. True to the inherent characteristics of It's fruit source, the wine shows tropical aromas and flavors of ripe mango, fresh pineapple and lemon peel. This is one Chardonnay that has the focus and intensity to pair with richer dishes, but the versatility and flavorful charm to quaff on It's own.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    The Black Kite Soberanes Vineyard is just that. A big wine, for big Chard fans but there is a twist. While most “big” Chards come more from winemaking in the cellar than anything else this wine gets its largesse from the vineyard itself. The Soberanes Vineyard is a superstar in the making, after all it is jointly owned and farmed by the two biggest names in the area-The Pisoni and Franscioni families-and still is growing out of its youthful power. With about 40% new oak and full malolactic fermentation this certainly has a frame of a certain ilk but the fruit, the raw materials, of this wine override it with splendid fig, baked apple, pistachio ice cream and hints of lavender. Never losing its granitic minerality this wine has a counterbalance to all that size and that is really what keeps this from going too overboard.
  • Anthony Gittings
    By: Anthony Gittings
    K&L Staff Member
    "Let's get tropical", to quote the famous Jackie Moon. This Chardonnay is loaded with exotic and tropical fruits. Pineapple, Mango and candied lemon are pronounced on the nose and follow to the palate. This has a tremendously rich mouth-feel and deliciously juicy acid. Soft wood spice, dried herbs and a touch of menthol help add complexity that lingers on the finish. This would go great with Caribbean style grilled shrimp skewers.


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