2015 Matias Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1416672 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 There is a tightly wound dairy quality to the nose of this appellation blend, which combines yogurt-like aromas with lime pith and ash. It's zippy, fresh and bright with acidity on the palate, where tightly woven tannins carry hints of sandalwood, oak and citrus flavors. (MK)  (12/2018)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2019 | Send Email
For fans of richly styled Chardonnay this is a beyond slamming deal! Yes it's rich but it has good acidity, freshness and is well balanced. It has the style and taste of California's finest and most expensive Chardonnay's. I'm not kidding, taste for yourself and soon! I'm not the biggest Ca. Chardonnay fan but I'm all over this one!!!! Ralph Sands

By: Ryan Kewin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2019 | Send Email
This wine got me very excited! It smells like fresh apples with a hints of buttery pie crust. The fresh tart apples carry over to the pallet with a full round mouthfeel. The spicy tannins taste like cinnamon and allspice and linger on with that amazing acidity on the finish. I am definitely stocking up on this one!

By: Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2019 | Send Email
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Wow, the nose is so fresh. The smell of Chardonnay and wet stone just leaps from the glass. If you tasted this blind you might guess this chardonnay was produced in Green Valley, Occidental or Russian river growing regions. Just great. Vivid and smooth.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2019 | Send Email
Firstly this is a screaming deal at this one-time, deeply discounted price. But perhaps more importantly - the wine is flat out delicious! I personally don't think California Chardonnay has ever been in a better place than it is right now. By and large the "oaky / buttery" monstrosities of yesteryear are gone. Most producers have realized that richness, ripeness and new oak are not the end game for this varietal. This bottling from Matias is a great example vibrant, fresh, even racy, modern Chardonnay, with lovely cut and verve on the palate. It still has the texture and weight that most Chardonnay drinkers are looking for, but the minimal oak influence and refreshing acid line allows the wine the surge across the palate with sublime flavors and surprising length. Sourced from two of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands: Sierra Mar and Soberanes. Both vineyards were planted and are farmed by the Pisoni and Franscioni families, the most highly regarded growers in the region. This is top notch SLH Chardonnay for an absolute steal of a price. Time to stock up!
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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2019 | Send Email
This wine floored me. It is very Burgundian for a Californian Chardonnay. The nose has white flowers, soft citrus, and nice minerality. It smells so crisp and vibrant, and the palate delivers on those promises. It's chalky, has zippy acidity, is laser-focused, and has quite a long finish. Gorgeous.

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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.


- 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.
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Santa Lucia Highlands