2011 Loring "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (Previously $43)

SKU #1125218 Connoisseurs Guide

 Sweet Gala apples lead the way in the nose here, and the wine's aromas are broadened as plenty of sweet oak fills the spaces. While there is no dearth of ripeness or fruit in its flavors, the wine tries to go two directions at once with a smooth and supple beginning and a stiff, slightly hard, somewhat acidy finish. More ambitious than accomplished at this point, it wants some time in which to knit together, but it has the fruity depth to make waiting a couple of years no more than a slight gamble at worst.  (1/ 2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Along the same lines, yet slightly more racy and fresh, the 2011 Chardonnay Sierra Mar Vineyard offers up lively mineral, citrus, hazelnut and white flower-like qualities to go with a medium-bodied, focused palate. While there’s plenty of acidity here, it is far from lean and has a nice mix of freshness and richness. Enjoy it over the coming year or two. Drink now-2015. This was an impressive (and large) lineup of wines. Made by the brother/sister pair, Brian and Kimberly Loring, with Rachel Silkowski functioning as assistant winemaker, these efforts never lack for fruit or texture and, for the most part, reward immediate gratification. Having said that, I think these 2011s will offer a relatively broad drink window. The 2012s are more rich and voluptuous, with the purity of fruit and seamlessness of the vintage.  (8/ 2013)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2013  | Send Email
Butter, toast, mineral, apple, and citrus with medium plus acidity. Much more restrained than the Durell Chardonnay. Drinkable and tasty!

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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, Mâcon, 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.
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United States

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California

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Santa Lucia Highlands