2008 Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara Chardonnay
Racy in acidity and bone dry, this Chardonnay is the real deal. Offers rich, ripe pineapple, lime, kiwi and pear flavors, balanced with citrus fruit tang and just the right touch of sweet, smoky oak. A wonderful restaurant Chardonnay at a decent price.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale gold. Expressive aromas of poached pear, peach and honeydew. Spicy and sweet, offering nervy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a good lashing of smoky minerals. The brisk finish shows good citric bite and focus.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Chardonnay, primarily young vines from Bien Nacido plus some Solomon Hills, is a beautifully layered, subtle wine. Lemon, flowers and minerals emerge from this tightly wound, focused white. This is an excellent value in California Chardonnay. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016.
So often California wines that try to be light and lively turn out to be less than inspiring. Here, by contrast, is a wine that comes across as light and easy, but is actually deceptively complex. This vineyard blend of chardonnay is brimming with aromas of pear, yet it has an intriguing nervy undertone. Bracing flavors of greenery and earth give an incredible fresh juicy quality to the wine, leaving you with a pleasant mineral aftertaste.