2014 Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

SKU #1230528 90 points Vinous

 Light, bright yellow. Aromas of ripe melon, peach and toasty lees, plus a suave floral overtone. Smooth and smoky on the palate, offering pliant honeydew and pit fruit flavors that expand on the back half. A mineral note adds cut to the finish, which leaves a hint of iodine behind. This is quite Burgundian in style. (JR)  (8/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Brought up in 60% neutral barrels and 40% stainless steel, the 2014 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands has lots of juicy apple, peach and mango notes in its medium-bodied, fruit forward and deliciously textured profile. Clean, fresh and as quaffable (in the best sense of the word) as they come ... (JD)  (10/2015)

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Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.1