2006 Logan "Sleepy Hollow Vineyard" Monterey Chardonnay

SKU #1037347

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Richly oaked, fantastically ripe in long hangtime fruit, this Chard has exotic flavors of golden mangoes, nectarines, passionfruit, pineapple jam and kiwis. Oak adds extra layers of buttered toast, creme brulee and smoky vanilla. For all the honeyed sweetness, it's totally dry, a tour de force that's at its best now." (09/08) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and creamy, yet elegant and refined, with a core of citrus and honey-scented pear, melon and green fig flavors that fan out and gain length and depth. Drink now." (07/08) Named for Robb Talbott's son Logan, this winery-within-a-winery produces rich, fruit-forward chardonnays from the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Barrel-fermented in 20% new French oak and aged sur lie for 11 months, the wine evokes aromas of tropical fruit—kiwi and guava—with hints of vanilla. In the mouth, the wine is rich and luscious, with good structure and balance that showcases more tropical fruit, citrus and a mineral lift.

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 By: Timothy Fildes |  Review Date: 12/30/2008 
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Some butter and cream, citrus, apple, honey. Rich and balanced.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.