2007 Arcadian "Sleepy Hollow Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

SKU #1142186 92 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2007 Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow is a relatively generous, giving style for Arcadian. Nectarine, mint, orange blossom and spices meld together in this gorgeous, creamy Chardonnay. The 2007 is rich, but not at all heavy. This is a striking wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.  (8/ 2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Rich and showing a mature, yet fresh and lively profile, the 2007 Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard offers up musky peach, dried pineapple, vanilla creme and crushed stone to go with a rich, layered and seamless palate. Balanced and building in richness on the palate, it continued to freshen up in the glass and will drink beautifully for another 5-7 years, if not longer. It will give a number of mature white burgundies a run for their money. Drink now-2020. This was a brilliant set of wines by Joe Davis, and lovers of old-school, age-worthy wines that improve in the cellar should not miss these.  (8/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow-gold. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays apricot and peach nectar, honey and a touch of burnt sugar. Rich and palate-caressing, with deep tropical and pit fruit flavors and a touch of baking spices. In a lush, powerful style that could use more vibrancy, to my palate, but fans of the type will score this higher.  (12/ 2010)

Wine Enthusiast

 Apricot jam and late-harvest botrytis flavors are often characteristic of this vineyard. This is bone dry, with brisk acidity and stony minerality. It will gradually lose fruit over the years.  (7/ 2012)

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 13.6