Vinous 94 pts "The 2014 Chardonnay Golden Slope is one of the richer, creamier wines in the range. Orange blossom, crème brulee, apricot jam and buttery notes are fused together. The Golden Slope will appeal most to readers who like more overt, flamboyant Chardonnays. Today, it is absolutely striking."
Wine Advocate 93 pts "More fresh and lively, with a tad more precision and cut than the Chardonnay Four, the 2014 Chardonnay Golden Slope offers classy notes of citrus blossom, white flowers, salt block and hints of minerality. Medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant and balanced, it spent 15 months in 15% new French oak before bottling. It, too, should cruise for at least 5-6 years."
Aromas of bing cherries, with a little red licorice. Violet blossoms and sandalwood notes frame the fruit, along with a touch of candied raspberry. In the mouth, the wine is deep and silky, with the wonderful combination of brightness and richness we love in Pinot. The cherry flavors are accented with darker black raspberry and a bit of black tea and nutmeg, along with a morsel of toffee on the lingering finish. This crowd-pleasing and food-friendly Pinot has a broad range of pairings.
Wine & Spirits 92pts "The 2014 is wholesome, transparent and silky, with a violet-scented lift that's already delicious. Drink it this summer or next with grilled salmon steaks."