2013 Brick House Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay (Previously $26)
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)
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)
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.