2013 Brick House Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay

SKU #1256457 90 points Wine Spectator

 Supple, spicy, polished and toasty, offering well-formed pear, peach and freshly turned earth flavors. Harmonious on the quiet finish. Drink now through 2018. 300 cases made. (HS)  (2/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale gold, not immediately aromatic though this may be slightly overchilled. On the palate, an unusual mix of buttery and savoury/mineral. I like the slightly chalky texture, which I guess is from the lees influence. Oak has very much taken the back seat though there is a hint of spice on the finish. Tasted later after it had warmed in the glass, the buttery character had disappeared, giving way to a much more savoury/mealy flavour, with a sour-citrus freshness on the finish. (JH)  (10/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chardonnay went through full malolactic fermentation in neutral barrels. It has a forward, nutmeg and acacia-tinged bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is well balanced, quite "fat" in the mouth with a dash of white pepper, almond and pineapple infusing the light tropical fruit, just a touch of sour lemon popping up on the aftertaste. (NM) Chardonnay.  (4/2016)

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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, 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.

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.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
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