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2015 Stonestreet "Estate Vineyards" Alexander Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-29-2018
This wonderful, voluminous Chardonnay comes from the top of the Mayacamas Mountains, looking out over Alexander Valley. 100% barrel fermented Chardonnay with monthly lees stirring gives a delicious richness and body to this wine. Aromas of peach, lemon creme, green apple and graham cracker are complemented with a palate balanced with acidity and precision.

2015 Roserock (Drouhin Oregon) Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 06-13-2018
I became a big fan of these Roserock wines when I tasted their previous releases and this 2015 did not disappoint. Roserock is a special site on the southern tip of Eola-Amity Hills in the Willamette Valley dominated by ancient volcanic soils. This wine is beautifully balanced with floral, spice, lifted dark berries and a medium tannic structure. I highly suggest this to all the Oregon Pinot fans out there!

2014 AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-12-2018
This is one of my favorite California Chardonnays I’ve tasted recently. This wine is made by Jean Hoefliger, a Swiss native who’s full time job is crafting wines for Alpha Omega Winery. AXR's 2014 Chardonnay shows excellent balance with a round, full palate and driving acidity. This crowd pleaser has complex character with stone fruits, citrus, minerality and a bright, clean finish.

Woodinville Straight 100% Rye Whiskey (750ml )
Review Date: 06-12-2018
Rye fans should definitely check out this Washington handcrafted whiskey. You immediately know it’s rye from the nose by it’s rye bread and spice aromas. On the palate there’s cinnamon, cedar, spearmint, subtly fruity notes and oak character throughout. The overall body is rich and full and is a perfect candidate for your rye cocktails.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 06-12-2018
The coolest thing about this distillery is that they are truly grain to glass. They grow all their own grains, do everything by hand and are meticulous in their craft which really shows in this whiskey. Full of flavor, Woodinville’s Straight Bourbon shows creme brulee, caramel, vanilla, spice and a nice sweet finish. Don’t miss out on this distillery's debut to California.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

2015 Halcón "Cerise Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Anderson Valley is becoming one of my favorite California regions for Pinot Noir because of its cooler climate, lighter, acid driven wines. Cerise Vineyard is a special site of about 12 acres ​situated above the town of Boonville. Halcon's 2015 offering has wild strawberry, violet and earthy tones on the nose while the palate has lively acidity, silky texture and a very long finish. ​A really awesome showing from this vineyard that shouldn't be missed!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

2013 Jonata "Todos" Central Coast Red Blend
Review Date: 05-31-2018
This is a wine that certainly has everything. Todos is an unexpected blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauv, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Merlot and all these components work together seamlessly. This wine is super complex with raspberries, strawberries, dark chocolate, cured meats and spices with balanced acidity. The is a great central coast offering worth every penny that can be enjoyed in the near term.
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JS 95 RP 94

2015 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 05-31-2018
What a truly phenomenal value for top notch Mount Veeder Cabernet! The fruit for this wine comes from the Pym Rae vineyard which is one of the highest in the AVA at over 1800 feet in elevation. This is Robert Craig's last vintage from this property, so I wouldn't hesitate to grab a bottle. The nose just screams Mount Veeder with blackberry, cherry, pencil shaving and eucalyptus character. It has a big, robust palate with firm structure that will begin to show fantastically in a few years.

2015 Tensley "Colson Canyon Vineyard" Santa Barbara County Syrah
Review Date: 05-24-2018
This powerful Syrah comes from Tensley's Colson Canyon Vineyard, a mountainous site at approx 1,400 feet in elevation in the Santa Maria Valley. The 2015 vintage showed dark fruits, deep concentration and firm structure due to the previous years of drought. There is blackberry, rhubarb and blueberry fruit on the nose along with dried meats and a floral lift. This is a fantastic Syrah with enough structure to withstand some time in the cellar, but can also be enjoyed now.

2016 Halcón "Alturas" Yorkville Highlands Syrah
Review Date: 05-17-2018
The previous vintage of this Syrah from Halcon was stunning, but this 2016 ​is even better. This Syrah has 50% stem inclusion, and also has 3% of Viognier​ co-fermented to give it a beautiful floral lift. There's complexity and balance in this wine with expressed notes of violets, red and black fruit, exotic spice and dried herbs. It's full-bodied with nice structure, so there's definitely aging potential in this Syrah. All this for 30 bucks? You can't go wrong.

2011 Roederer Estate "L'Ermitage" Anderson Valley Brut Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 05-12-2018
Roederer is one of the best when it comes to California sparkling wines. Their Anderson Valley estate sparking is fantastic, but the L'Ermitage is even a step up from that. This wine is only made in certain vintages that are decidedly great with added reserve wine, 2006 and 2007 in this particular bottling. It has fine bubbles and flavors of hazelnut, citrus and toast. Delicious!
Price: $39.95 Add To Cart
WE 95 WS 93

2013 Maysara "Cyrus - Momtazi Vineyard" McMinnville Pinot Noir (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 05-12-2018
This is a fantastic Pinot from Oregon, especially if you want to dabble in biodynamic/natural wines. It's an alluring wine that's rustic, savory, floral and doesn't fail to show fruit too. Notes of blackberries, earth, violets, incense, cedar and spice are expressed with a medium body. Shows great with some decanting and even the next day.

2017 Stolpman "Para Maria" Santa Barbara County Rosé
Review Date: 05-01-2018
Stolpman's Para Maria Rose (and Para Maria Red Blend) is named for Maria Solorzano, Stolpman's quiet, hard-working vineyard crew manager. This brand is a 50/50 partnership between the Solorzano and Stolpman families. Inspired by Rhone-style roses, this Syrah/Cab blend has delicious light red fruit character like red cherries and watermelon. There is also a nice roundness on the palate that is created from the neutral barrel aging. This is a perfect summer sipper at a great price!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart

2014 Dierberg "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 04-29-2018
Dierberg's 2014 Chardonnay is bright and refreshing and great for the upcoming summer months! On the nose, there are restrained citrus, honey and graham cracker notes. The citrus continues onto the palate along with green apple, saline minerality and racy acidity. This would be delicious paired with some seafood or simple poultry dishes.
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VN 93 WE 91

2014 Marietta "Gibson Block" McDowell Valley Syrah
Review Date: 04-26-2018
If there's anyone who knows old vines, it's Marietta Cellars. Second generation winemaker/owner Jake Bilbo has taken the skills learned from his father and UC Davis education to craft high quality wines at a very affordable price. ​The Gibson Block is a powerful Syrah that's dark fruited with a touch of savoriness. This wine spends a year and a half in neutral barrels, so barrel treatment is not overpowering the old vine fruit. This is a fantastic value for Syrah that shouldn't be missed!

2017 Aerena San Francisco Bay AVA Rosé
Review Date: 04-17-2018
The team behind this rose and the Resolute brand is Blackbirds Vineyards, who are known for their Napa Valley Cabernet. Winemakers Aaron Pott and Kyle Mizuno sourced the Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignane for this rose oddly enough from the San Francisco AVA. This playful, red fruited, dry rose is absolutely perfect for the upcoming summer months. It is also a fun opportunity to try something from this unknown wine growing region.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2014 Keenan "Reserve" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 04-10-2018
This is an absolutely beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon from the family owned and operated Keenan winery. This solar-powered, sustainably grown property is up in the historic Spring Mountain District where Cabernet thrives and produces concentrated berries and wines that are made to last. This reserve bottling definitely shows that. Rich, dark fruit character with dried herbs and eucalyptus and a solid tannic structure. With some time spent in the cellar, this wine will shine.
Price: $89.99 Add To Cart
RP 95 VN 93

2015 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 04-05-2018
Here is a fantastic opportunity to experience Cabernet from the same vineyard as the famous Dominus at a fraction of the cost! This year's Napanook is simply classic with violets, black cherry, cassis, mint and lovely oak integration. It's approachability gives you the opportunity to open this beauty up in a couple years and another in 10 years to see how its evolved.

2015 Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 03-20-2018
This is not your typical California Chardonnay as it's racy and minerally, yet maintains fruit richness. All estate fruit from 3 vineyards in St. Rita Hills contribute orange blossom, ​lime zest, kiwi and mineral flavors and aromas. This sharply focused wine only sees neutral barrels and does not go through malolactic fermentation to keep this wine elegant and fresh. If you lean towards a more French style Chardonnay, I'd say give this one a shot!

2016 Wilson Foreigner "Rorick Vineyard" Albariño Sierra Foothills
Review Date: 03-07-2018
This is an Albarino that is absolutely worth the money! Wilson Foreigner is a collaboration between a Napa based couple and a South African couple who strive to show case true terroir with minimal intervention. The lovely richness of this wine comes from fermenting in neutral French and Hungarian barrels, as well as full malolactic fermentation. Fresh citrus, floral and saline are expressed on the palate and finishes with a nice softness.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2016 Windchaser "Red Triangle" Mendocino Red Blend
Review Date: 03-07-2018
Berekley based winery Windchaser is a small production winery sourcing from high quality vineyards throughout Northern California. Red Triangle is an interesting blend of Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Noir that work quite well together. Dark fruit, floral, tea and cedar are expressed on the nose and palate with medium-body and freshness. Give this delightful blend a try!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2015 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-07-2018
The 2015 offering from Faust is powerful and bold with fruit from estate vineyards in Coombsville and Rutherford as well as sourcing from Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain. This is a real bargain considering the fruit sourcing from these highly acclaimed Napa sub-regions. If full-bodied, intense Napa Cabernets are your thing, I would't pass up Faust's Cab.

2013 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-23-2018
Months ago when we first got this wine in the shop, I remember really enjoying it. I tasted it again this past week and holy smokes, this is a rock solid Napa Cab! The Antica vineyard is located at 1,800 feet with volcanic rock and produces low-yields and concentrated flavors. Riper fruit is present but well balanced with a firm tannic structure. The price is right and can be enjoyed at any occasion.

2016 Hanzell "Sebella" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay
Review Date: 02-23-2018
A year ago I went on the K&L Sonoma buy trip and Hanzell was my favorite property we visited. Sebella was the wine we were first poured and I absolutely loved it. The 2016 Sebella is just as vibrant and zesty as I remember previous vintages with key lime, mineral and bright acid. They used fruit from the younger vines on the Hanzell estate and some from other Sonoma growers. Only neutral oak is used and it does not go through malolactic fermentation. This is one of the best crisp style Chardonnays we have from California!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
WE 94

2014 Galerie "Pleinair" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-22-2018
Napa Cabernet at this price does not get any better. I absolutely love the balance of rich fruit, tobacco and baking spices that are shown in this wine. The dusty, earthiness this wine has is compelling and the structure is firm with lovely acidity. This delicious wine can be drunk now, or held for several years.

2014 Galerie "Latro" Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-22-2018
Winemaker Laura Díaz Muñoz creates Galerie's Latro from Knights Valley which is slightly cooler than Napa and lends elegance and minerality to the wine. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has intense, dark fruit character coming from the small berries in the vineyard and mountainous soils gives mineral and earthy notes. Cocoa powder, dried herbs, blackberries, currants and a fine tannic backbone tie this Cab together. This is a serious Cabernet for this price, and it will age beautifully.

2015 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 02-14-2018
Those who are familiar with Argyle probably know about their sparkling wines that put them on the Oregon wine map back in 1987. The winery has since then expanded their portfolio to include other wines, like this Reserve Pinot Noir which comes from their estate vineyards throughout Willamette Valley. This inviting Pinot is bursting with bright red fruit, a touch of spice and is silky on the palate with some tannin to pull it together. Incredibly approachable and drinkable.. you won't be disappointed!
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart
JS 93 VN 93

2014 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 02-08-2018
It can be difficult to find high quality Mt Veeder Cabernet that is both delicious and affordable. That being said, Mt. Brave's Cabernet from this famous Napa sub-appellation is stunning and we have it at a price that's much less than other wines from the area. Beautiful aromatics of dark fruits and graphite are shown with a juicy, rich mouthfeel that is nicely balanced with acidity and tannin. Hold on to this for at least a few years and I'm sure it'll evolve beautifully!

2014 Amapola Creek "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Zinfandel
Review Date: 02-08-2018
This is an amazing Zinfandel at a great price point. Delicious red cherry, vanilla and spice are shown on the palate with a surprising freshness and brightness. A touch of sweetness is expressed on the mid-palate with the finish being more on the dry side. This is for sure stand out!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart
RP 94

2015 Domaine Serene "Evenstad Reserve" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Review Date: 01-23-2018
Domaine Serene makes one of my favorite Chardonnays from Oregon, and their 2015 really delivers. Bright citrus, brioche and honey aromas jump from the glass while the palate has melon, lemon and cedar notes. Spent a little over a year in 40% new French oak, but this wine remains incredibly balanced from its crisp acidity. This is a serious Chardonnay that is well worth its price.

2014 Domaine Serene "Yamhill Cuvée" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 01-23-2018
This is one of Domaine Serene's entry-level wines that comes from their estate vineyards in Willamette Valley's Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills and Yamhill Carlton. The cuvée is very approachable and intended for near-term consumption. Ripe red fruits, dried herbs and dark chocolate are expressed on the nose while the palate unfolds more layers of spice and coffee. Fresh and silky on the palate, this wine will please many Pinot Noir lovers!

2015 Januik Columbia Valley Red Wine
Review Date: 10-05-2017
This impressive Januik blend is sourced from some of the best vineyards in the Columbia Valley including Weinbau, Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Lady Hawk and Alder Ridge vineyards. This complex, multi-layered blend is primarily Bordeaux varieties, with a touch of Syrah and Grenache. Black cherry, strawberry, dark chocolate and coffee notes hit the nose while the palate is soft and supple. This is a delicious wine with a great price to match!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-05-2017
Canard-Duchene's Authentic Brut is truly an impressive Champagne in the sub-$30 range. The blend here is 43% Pinot Noir, 25% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay​ and has amazing balance and elegance. Flavors of orchard fruits and citrus are paired with lovely richness, nuttiness and bright acidity. THIS IS A CHAMPAGNE STEAL!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-04-2017
​This is a fabulous rosé Champagne that is incredibly crisp, light and finishes super dry. It shows delicate flavors of red fruits like strawberries and cranberries. There is also an intriguing mineral character that comes through on the finish creating freshness along with the bright acidity. You can't go wrong, especially for the price!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

2014 Neyers "Neyers Ranch - Conn Valley" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-28-2017
This is a truly impressive Cabernet! Full and soft, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is super aromatic with layers of blackberry, black cherry, toasty oak, minerality and earth. The fruit is not too ripe and perfectly harmonious with the tannin structure on the back end. This is definitely a top pick for me around 50 bucks!
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WE 94 WS 90

2015 Domaine de la Réserve d'O "La Réserve d'O" Terrasses du Larzac
Review Date: 09-19-2017
When I started here at K&L, Domaine de la Reserve d'O was one of the first direct imports I loved from the Languedoc. There is not only a female winemaker, but the estate vineyard is certified biodynamic and organic and the wines have minimal sulfur added. This wine is a blend all estate fruit, mostly Syrah and Grenache with a touch of Cinsault. This wine if playful, approachable and expressive with a great balance of savoriness, dark fruits and spice.
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W&S 91 WS 91

2004 Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Alexandra" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-14-2017
Wow! What a beautifully complex Champagne from Laurent Perrier. The Grand Siecle Brut is one of my favorites, so I already knew this rose would be special. The 80% Pinot Noir that's in this wine provides red berry, floral and an overall rich and decadent mouthfeel. With some food, this Champagne will be absolutely delightful!

2013 Inglenook Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-08-2017
The 2013 Inglenook Cabernet is a gorgeous bottle of wine that drinks well above its price. It is composed of all-estate fruit with 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% of Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot with 50% new French oak barrel aging. This wine shows exceptional balance with rich dark fruit that is nowhere near overdone, finishing with dusty tannin and medium acidity. Additionally, there are more layers of graphite, meatiness and cedar. Grab a couple to age in cellar... if you can wait that long!

2013 Burgess "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-08-2017
This is a crazy deal for Napa Cabernet from Howell Mountain. Burgess, established in 1972, was one of only a couple dozen wineries in Napa Valley at the time. This winery has a long history with winemaking and it shows in this bottle of Cabernet. The concentration of dark fruits, rustic notes and herbal characters make this red interesting and approachable. On the mid-palate there is some grip but then finishes with fine tannins. This is delicious now, but certainly can age for a decade!
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RP 92 VN 92

2014 Gainey Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Review Date: 09-01-2017
Gainey's Pinot is a great representation of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA with its cherry cola, warm spice, tea leaf and tart cranberry notes. This is 100% Gainey estate fruit, harvested just 10 miles away from the Pacific Ocean so you get that cool, marine influence in the wine.​ It is medium in body and a great wine for people who want a Pinot that's not too heavy or light and will please a wide range of palates. Enjoy this wine now alongside roasted duck, chicken or grilled salmon.
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2015 Jax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 09-01-2017
Jax did a phenomenal job on their 2015 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and I love it even more than their 2014 release. The second it's poured, this wine is complex and aromatic with dark, rich and complex flavors. Fresh blackberries, cassis, cedar and black cherry character really shine through. The longer it's in the glass, it continues to evolve with delicate flavors and robust coffee notes. There is balanced acidity and fine tannin, ensuring aging potential but also drinks great right now!
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 - 94

2014 Taken Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-29-2017
Taken is a lovely blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that's full bodied and would be delicious paired with easygoing dishes like barbecued ribs, pizza or burgers. Zinfandel like qualities are shown in this wine but with more grip and structure. Blackberries, plum, dark chocolate, oak spice are shown on the palate with a smooth and round finish. A great value for Napa Valley reds!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart
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2014 Mount Peak "Sentinel" Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-18-2017
The Mount Peak Sentinel Cabernet is a wine to not overlook. Again, the fruit is mostly coming from Monte Rosso, a vineyard utilized by great Cabernet producers like Louis Martini, Arrowood, Bedrock and others. Bold and dark fruited with undeniable structure, you could give this a year or two in the cellar and I think you'll be very happy.
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RP 92

2014 Mount Peak "Gravity" Sonoma County Red Blend
Review Date: 08-18-2017
This is a wine from an unfamiliar winery that absolutely blew me away. The quality for the price is great and turned out to be my favorite of the Mount Peak wines. Although there is a hefty alcohol content with inky concentrated fruit, it is surprisingly balanced and has structure. Gravity is a blend of big varieties including Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah that provide complex layers of flavors and aromas and still manages to have a pop of acid and silky finish.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart
RP 95

2014 Mount Peak "Rattlesnake" Sonoma County Zinfandel
Review Date: 08-18-2017
Mount Peak's Rattlesnake Zinfandel is gorgeous and packs a real punch with concentration and high quality fruit. The majority of this wine comes from the Monte Rosso Vineyard, a renowned site in the Mayacamas Range with bright-red, volcanic soils and 100+ year old vines. This wine is loaded with dark berries, pepper, oaky spice and a rich, full-bodied, silky finish. A perfect match for the classic California Zinfandel lover!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2015 Wines Of Substance Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-17-2017
This is a fantastic deal on high quality Washington Cabernet from Charles Smith's Substance line. Dark fruited with great depth of flavor, this wine would be great for a barbecue or any week night meal that calls for a bold, dry red. The 50% new French oak integrates smoky and spice elements which pairs nicely with the plum, blackberry and black currant flavors and aromas. Richly textured with elegance, this Cabernet finishes smooth with a touch of tannin and is a great near-term drinking wine.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Review Date: 08-11-2017
The 2014 Pahlmeyer Bordeaux blend really hits the mark when it comes to luxury, elegance and balance, just what we'd expect from a high-end Napa producer. Fabulous aromatics fill the glass of ​black cherries, cocoa powder, licorice and cedar box. On the palate this wine is super silky and concentrated with bold flavors and balanced out with tannin and mid-palate acidity. This wine is sure to age well, but could be enjoyed young as well.

2014 Black Kite "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
Review Date: 08-08-2017
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.

2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Review Date: 08-08-2017
This Pinot Noir from Thomas Fogarty screams Santa Cruz Mountain terroir. It is a blend of 8 different locations that are all estate and include cool mountain and maritime climates. Lean and fresh, this wine shows flavors of red cherries, plum, rose and some dried herb. With an alcohol level of just 13.1%, this super drinkable Pinot is a rare find among other big, ripe California Pinots.

2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Review Date: 06-20-2017
This is a great representation of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay fruit from the cool coastal influence and great growing season. Not overly rich or buttery, this elegant Chardonnay shows flavors of citrus fruits, white flowers and hazelnuts with salinity and minerality creating fantastic balance. There is no wonder why this is a domestic customer favorite year after year!

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