2014 Wayfarer "Wayfarer Vineyard" Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay

SKU #1283706 98 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Ranked #2 in The Enthusiast 100, Editors' Choice* This is yet another stunning wine from this site, guided by the capable hands of Winemaker and Viticulturalist Bibiana González Rave, who has coaxed from it beguiling layers of complex concentration and sublime notions of tang and salt. The only white from a sea of Pinot Noir grown here, it speaks to what the extreme Sonoma Coast can bring to the variety-a celebration of lemon zest, crisp apple and brioche delicately wrapped in minerality. (VB)  (8/2016)

94 points Vinous

 The 2014 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard shows just how well suited this part of the Sonoma Coast is to Chardonnay. A rich, ample wine, the 2014 boasts striking depth and overall balance. Lemon confit, white flowers, vanilla and a host of savory notes accompany the long, extended finish. This is a very polished and distinguished wine from Wayfarer. (AG)  (1/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Showcases creamy tangerine- and nectarine-driven flavors, with lively acidity and a pithy citrus skin texture. The elements push through effortlessly, gaining depth and nuance along the way. (JL)  (6/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Wayfarer’s 2014 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard shows loads of tangerine oil, crushed rock, great acidity and other citrus blossoms in the aromatics and flavors. It is medium to full-bodied, dry and pure. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. This 30-acre vineyard planted with 12 clones of Pinot was once an organic farm raising produce for Alice Waters and her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley. It is now a serious vineyard owned by Jayson Pahlmeyer. I tasted through their five cuvées of Pinot Noir in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. 2012 was the first vintage, but I got a look at the bottled 2013s and 2014s, which hold exceptional promise. This vineyard has a superb location, not far from Peter Michael, Red Car, Hirsch and Noble. It is composed of Goldridge soils at an elevation of 900 to 1,000 feet. (RP)  (12/2016)

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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.


- 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 (%): 14.5