2008 Ici/La-Bas "Victoria - Elke Vineyard" Anderson Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1159559 Jancis Robinson

 Slightly charred, sweet nose (as opposed to struck match). This is apparently Ici La Bas's homage to Coche Dury but it seems to be considerably fatter to me. Holding up well though.  (4/2013)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/19/2014 | Send Email
I’ve had a thing for the Ici/La-Bas wines for years. I was always trying to hunt them down in years past to no avail. They seemed to always be in reach but yet just out of my grasp. I just had to have Anderson Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from one of my favorite winemakers. Finally they are here and I couldn’t be more excited with what is in the bottle. The 2008 Chardonnay will tell you everything you need to know about why I hunted down these wines for so long. With intense aromas of sous bois, cashews and a hint of fresh mint this struck me as being somewhat Mersault like on the nose. Once I tasted the wine I knew that anyone pining after that $25 dollar bottle of Mersault that just doesn’t exist any longer needed to have this wine. Round and rich but never adding too much texture to take away from its impressive complexity this wine has a fully developed mid-palate of peach and nectarine flesh with a finish full of almond skin and lifting ruddy earth. Tremendous wine here.

Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2014 | Send Email
Stylistically, this rich and unctuous chardonnay is evocative of the wines of Meursault. The oak is highly present on the nose, followed by a long, rich and broad palate impression. There is plenty of fresh acidity and mineral tones here, as well as unexpected refinement on the back end. It all comes together for a very decadent and highly enjoyable experience.

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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.