2014 Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay
The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from Alexander Valley, with the remaining quarter from cooler Bennett Valley. A pretty taste of lemon chiffon and aroma of orange blossom show up first, with an intensity of caramelized oak to follow. Full bodied, it’s richly concentrated on the palate, with just enough citrus zest on the finish to refresh.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chardonnay Sonoma is soft and round with notes of tangerine, citrus blossom, and some citrus oil in a pretty, medium-bodied, cleanly made style that keeps the oak at a minimum. Drink over the next 2-4 years. The Jackson family still seems to be struggling ever so slightly to get the Matanzas Creek Winery back to its glory days of 25 or more years ago. Things are certainly progressing nicely, as evidenced by their two Chardonnays. (RP)
A Chardonnay of richness and substance, with bold pear, apricot, peach, fig and oak flavors that are direct and assertive. Ends strong and focused. Should gain. Drink now. 7,177 cases made.
Robert Parker muses about Matanzas Creek: "More promising wines seem to be emerging from Matanzas Creek Winery, which was acquired some time ago by the Jackson family and has been a work in progress ever since."