2007 Windstream "Sarmento Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

SKU #1058853

93 points and an "Editors' Choice" from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "Offers plenty of decadent richness, with elaborately smoked oak framing ripe, rich flavors of pineapples, limes, kiwi fruit and honeysuckle. Superb acidity provides crispness for balance. A yummy, impeccably crafted Central Coast Chardonnay." (4/1/2010)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2010 | Send Email
Oh big buttery Chards, how you make the world go round. How you can please so many with you texture and sheer weight. It is true that K&L can never have too much “big” Chardonnay especially for $20. Next in the seemingly never ending pipeline of California Chard hits is the 2007 Windstream “Sarmento Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands which knocked my socks off like the first time I heard Cheap Trick’s Live at Budokan record. With its pleasing nose of lemon blossom underneath the dominating honey and clove components this has richness abounds from the moment it hits the bottom of the glass. Fleshy and full weight with flavors of lemon custard, toasted brioche, butter crème and vanilla this is a perfect inexpensive substitute for any fan of Rombauer, Frank Family or other full throttle Chards.

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Santa Lucia Highlands