2015 Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (Previously $19)

SKU #1299988 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More fresh and vibrant, the 2015 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands has beautiful white peach, pineapple and tropical characteristics in a medium-bodied, pure, clean and classy package. It's more focused and pure than the 2014 was at this stage, and is a juicy, lively, impeccably made white to buy a case. (JD)  (9/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Green-tinged straw. Fresh pear and melon aromas show very good clarity and pick up a floral element with air. Silky and precise, offering sharply focused orchard and citrus fruit flavors given lift and cut by a zesty mineral nuance. The floral note comes back strong on a fragrant, persistent finish that leaves behind subtle pear nectar and lees notes. (JD)  (10/2016)

Jeb Dunnuck

 Brought up all in neutral barrel (this is the first vintage where it's all in barrel) and from a handful of vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2015 Chardonnay offers impressive, exotic notes of orange blossom, hints of pineapple, and melon in a lively, pure and layered, style. It's a smoking value to drink over the coming year. Drink 2017-2019. (JD)  (7/2017)

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.


- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.1