2011 Talbott "Kali Hart" Monterey County Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A beautifully fresh, clean and crisp Chardonnay that offers plenty of character in a medium-bodied, gulpable package, the 2011 Chardonnay Kali Hart has quality citrus and mineral-tinged aromas and flavors, juicy acidity and a soft, supple texture. Itís a solid value and should drink nicely for a handful of years. Drink now-2015. (JB)
Sweetly fruity and brisk in acidity, this Chardonnay shows savory pineapple, orange and mango flavors that taste like an upscale fruit-juice drink. Oak gives it a toasty, buttery note, while the alcohol brings warmth and full-bodiedness.
The 2011 "Kali Hart" Chardonnay is 100% estate-grown fruit from Talbott's Monterey County vineyards, including a large portion of Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Full ripeness with high natural acidity was achieved by controlling yields in the cool growing season. The wine was fermented in stainless steel with a portion racked to mostly used French oak, and aged for nine months on the lees prior to bottling. From the winery: "The rich, inviting nose shows bright tropical notes that continue on the palate, where refreshing flavors of pineapple and honeydew are complimented by refreshing acidity. A generous mid-palate leads to a long citrus and tropical fruit finish with hints of French oak and minerality."