2015 Ann Albert Wines "Zotovich Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay (Previously $40) SKU #1352764

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Tasting Notes

Winemaker: Eric Johnson. Day Job: Talley Vineyards. Side Hustle: Ann Albert Wines. Many California winemakers go above and beyond their “day job” and have their own personal label separate from the winery or brand that pays their regular paycheck--a "side hustle," if you will. Over the years some of the coolest wines we've tasted have been these side hustle wines. They seem to provide the perfect conduit for creative vinous outpourings. They allow a blank canvas for the artist to work with the varieties or vineyards they choose, apply more experimental winemaking techniques, and break from convention.

Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is made by Eric, the winemaker at Talley Vineyards. It's his private label, and reflects both his vast experience making Chardonnay in the area as well as his own stylistic preferences. I love this wine because its a bit more mineral driven and crisp, while still retaining excellent balance and poise. It represents more of the coastal influence in the region. The Zotovich bottling in particular has stunning aromatics.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A beautifully focused, mineral-tinged, mouthwatering Chard that is electric on the palate. The soil here is mostly diatomaceous earth and sand, producing highly aromatic wines with a distinctive saline, oyster shell minerality. Eric’s expression combines this soil-driven character with zesty citrus and crunchy quince. Beautifully pure and unadulterated. Very Chablis inspired. Fantastic crab wine.


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