2013 Eric Kent "Sangicomo Green Acres Hill" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1206304 91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Here is a wine that deftly manages to be both ripe and rich yet keenly balanced with bright and energetic acids in support. It is very much on the youthfully tight side today yet delivers plenty of depth in its appley, slightly citrus-tinged aromas and flavors, and it stays vibrant from front to back. To be sure, there is a narrow edginess to the finish, but time in bottle is all but guaranteed to see added roundness and a more open stance develop over the next two to four years, and if you are of a mind to put Chardonnay in the cellar, this wine would be one of our top choices for such an assignment.  (12/2015)

90 points Vinous

 The 2013 Chardonnay Green Acres Hill is the biggest and richest of the three Chardonnays I tasted from Eric Kent. Bold, luscious and opulent, the 2013 offers plenty of near-term appeal. Tropical fruit, butter, spice and sweet oak all wrap around the resonant finish. (AG)  (7/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Entirely sourced from this Sangiacomo family-farmed vineyard, which is planted entirely to the Old Wente clone, this wine offers fleshy and tropical juiciness and texture. Aged in French oak, the vast majority of it neutral, the wine lets the fruit and acidity speak for themselves. (VB)  (5/2016)

Wine Spectator

 An underlying intensity and vibrancy builds around the mix of green apple, Key lime and spicy citrus attributes. Ends clean and refreshing. (JL)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

This wine features a label by artist Mel Kadel.

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- 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, M√Ęcon, 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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1