WS 88 WE 88 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - A nervy style, featuring vibrant acidity that enlivens the core of grapefruit and lemon-citrus flavors, ending long and clean, with a lemon peel bite. Drink now through 2019.
According to Wine Enthusiast - This unoaked Chardonnay represents its genera beautifully. It has fresh apple aromas with a hint of honey, just-ripe pear flavors, good acidity and a relaxed texture. Very refreshing, bright and easy to enjoy.
According to Robert Parker - The slightly more expensive 2013 Chardonnay Avant comes from their vineyards in Santa Barbara, Mendocino and Monterey. Half of it’s fermented in neutral oak and the balance in stainless steel. But again, the emphasis is on fresh, melony, apple-skin and vague tropical fruits in an uncomplicated and naked, zesty style. This is medium-bodied and there are 160,000 cases of it. These wines are meant to be drunk in their first 12-16 months of life after release.
According to Antonio Galloni - The 2013 Chardonnay Avant presents attractive lemon, citrus, floral and buttery notes, all in a soft, supple style intended for near-term drinking. Originally introduced as an alternative to the flagship Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, the Avant is less differentiated today than it used to be, part of that also a reflection to tone down some of the more overt notes in the Vintner's Reserve. Still, readers will find a tasty, highly affordable wine that showcases the livelier side of Chardonnay. 13.5% ABV.