2015 Sixto "Roza Hills Vineyard" Columbia Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1392479 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 From the lowest elevation site and chalky soils (1,300 feet), the 2015 Chardonnay Roza Hills offers more minerality as well as caramelized currants, brioche, and toasted bread. With terrific richness, integrated acidity, and a great finish, it will keep for 3-5 years.  (4/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chardonnay Roza Hills Vineyard is beautiful, offering up an incipiently complex bouquet of fresh peach, tarte tatin and blanched almonds. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and glossy, standing out as the most ample and textural of these three vineyard-designate Chardonnays from Sixto, concluding with a pure, stony finish. (WK)  (6/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Full yellow-gold. Very rich aromas of stone fruits, honey and butterscotch. Tactile, smooth wine with superb mouth feel and breadth. Shows a rather voluptuous quality but also a classic dryness to the flavors of pineapple and butter. This seriously rich wine from a very cool microclimate finishes with a hint of tannins. This wine may have been even better with the girdling effect of a bit more new oak (25% was used) but I'm quibbling. With its sneaky length, this should age well. (ST)  (10/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Sleek and elegantly complex, with expressive Meyer lemon and toasty lees flavors that take on richness toward the vibrant finish. (TF)  (8/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A pale golden color, the aromas offer notes of clarified butter, lees, stone fruit, tropical fruit and spice. The palate is full bodied, with a rich creamy, almost thick feel. The flavors linger on the long finish. (SS)  (10/2018)

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By: Ryan Kewin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2019 | Send Email
For those who love a buttery Napa Chardonnay, it is now time to give Washington State a try! This Chardonnay from Charles Smith is rich and creamy with notes of brioche and butter; there is stone and tropical fruits hitting the palate as well. This wine finishes with nice minerality and a little baking spice. Enjoy!

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2019 | Send Email
Fans of full-bodied, richly textured Chardonnay take note: Washington is now a spot on the map. Personally, I’ve found that most of the Chardonnay coming out of Washington to be cheap, boring plonk. The Sixto Roza shows what can happen when you source from a best-of-the-best vineyard and use spare-no-expense winemaking in one of the most rapidly growing wine regions in the world. Butter right off the bat, brioche, butterscotch--this is like pineapple upside down cake in a glass. Tons of richness, but without being weighed-down, it keeps poppy acid and lifts the palate, creating a bright and agile wine that is still full of brilliant flavor. For anyone who loves Napa Chardonnay: believe me, this is worth checking out.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/14/2019 | Send Email
Considering Charles Smith's larger than life personality and the bold, boisterous nature of many of the K Vintners wines the Chardonnays bottled under the Sixto label are refined, mineral infused and fairly subtle. Golden stone fruit, brioche, dried apricot. Round, soft texture on the palate but finishing dry with good tension and acidity. A chalky mineral tinge adds complexity and length. Quite intriguing, multifaceted wine. This special sharp price won't be around for long.

By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2019 | Send Email
This is a nice little chardonnay coming from Washington. It’s rich but not over the top. The 2015 Sixto exudes yellow pear, golden apple and cashews. There’s definitely a nutty savory element to it but it isn't super toasty from the 25% new French oak. Full malo, medium acid, medium body. Enjoy

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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.


- 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.