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