WA 93 WE 93 IWC 90 Pts - According to Robert Parker - "The deepest gold-colored wine in the lineup, the 2013 Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard spent eight months in 51% new French oak, with the balance in 1-, 2- and 3-year-old barrels. Rich, full throttle and medium to full-bodied, it offers sensational notes of ripe apple, buttered citrus, brioche and a touch of honeysuckle. This is a classic Chardonnay that has tons of character, excellent richness (which is lacking in too many Santa Barbara County Chardonnays) and a clean, classy finish. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years."
According to Wine Enthusiast - "There’s a sharp element of lime rind and brie cheese skin at first sniff of this wine, but the nose quickly softens into white peach elements. Once sipped, the citrus pith tightness remains, and while it doesn’t veer into juicy ripeness, there are supple apple and pear fruit flavors, cut further with lemon juice on the finish."
According to International Wine Cellar - "Bright yellow-gold. Ripe citrus fruits and melon on the perfumed nose. Fleshy and smooth in texture but lively as well, offering energetic orange, pear and honeydew flavors accented by hints of ginger and mace. Packs a punch but remains bright and lithe, with no excess fat. Finishes with very good focus and spicy persistence, the melon note repeating."
According to Antonio Galloni - "The 2013 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County is a tasty entry-level offering with plenty of character and personality. Lemon peel, mint and a hint of spices from a dollop of Hungarian oak adds nuance and texture on the very slightly sweet finish. This is a terrific wine..."
Tasting Notes - "This Chardonnay has a concentrated nose with aromas of lemon, mineral, vanilla, toast and golden delicious apples . Rich and luscious showing flavors of citrus, pear, apple fruits and a slight oak toast this chardonnay is bound together by mouthwatering acidity and mineral finish. Enjoy with Poached Salmon, Meyer Lemon Risotto or Chicken Cordon Bleu." 14.5% ABV.
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gtin 718038556177 Size 750 ML Standard Rating 93 Points, 90 Points
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