2013 Sixto "Roza Hills Vineyard" Yakima Valley Chardonnay (Previously $40)

SKU #1342015 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The richest, full-throttle and decadent in the lineup, the 2013 Chardonnay Roza Hills Vineyard offers lots of baked apple tart, white flowers and creaminess in a layered, balanced, classic style. Like the other wines here, it will drink well for at least 2-4 years. (JD)  (6/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Polished, with a hint of toast to the pear and pineapple fruit, coming together harmoniously on the lively, expressive finish, echoing minerally details. Drink now through 2020. (HS)  (12/2016)

91 points Vinous

 (from vines planted at 1,350 feet on light soil; 25% new oak): Medium-deep yellow. Sexy aromas of ripe stone fruits and hazelnut suggest a plush wine; at once Burgundian on the nose and modern. Fat, yielding and sweet, really fills the mouth with ripe fruit. Oakier and less minerally than the other vineyard-designated wines here, as well as the highest in alcohol. A major mouthful of ripe Chardonnay with a lightly phenolic finish. Drink to 2022. (ST)  (11/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine was whole-cluster pressed and puncheon fermented, with native malolactic fermentation. It's intriguing, with aromas of corn on the cob, lees, almond butter and chamomile that are followed by a dense flavorful palate. The balance is exquisite. (SS)  (11/2016)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
Country:

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.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.