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2016 Deovlet Santa Barbara County Chardonnay (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1373684 94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Ryan Deovlet’s appellation wine just keeps getting better. He blends it from vineyards in Santa Maria and the Santa Rita Hills, aging it on the fine lees in French oak barrels (30 percent new), and manages to integrate the oak so it’s merely a platform for the wine’s zesty, sandy freshness. The immediate impression is brisk, coastal cool, then the fruit begins to develop from green melon toward tangerine and bright tangelo. Three days later, there’s not a touch of oxidation on the wine: It’s still lovely, saline and as brisk as ocean air. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County, made with about 20% new Damy barrels, has a lovely nose of Golden Delicious apples, crushed pistachios, lemon pith, river stone and a soft undercurrent of white blossoms. The palate is light to medium-bodied with a silky texture, gaining in amplitude and savoriness in the mouth before zooming back in with bright freshness and finishing long, energetic, saline and mineral. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County) is a terrific appellation level wine from Ryan Deovlet. Bright and delineated, with plenty of citrus character, the 2016 offers lovely persistence and class, especially at this level. The 2016 is a blend of 55% Sanford & Benedict and 45% Zotovich fruit. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Our entry level Chardonnay, coming from two distinct vineyards 55% Sanford & Benedict and 45% Zotovich and offers bright high tone aromatics which lift from the glass with white flowers, citrus notes, crisp pear, and hints of green mango. The wine has beautiful palate presence with vibrant acidity, tension, and a wet stone minerality framed by hints of toasty oak, vanilla bean, and peanut skin. Aged for 15 months on fine lees in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new."

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