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2017 I. Brand & Family "Escolle Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (Previously $30)

SKU #1427280 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Very light and bright, this bottling from one of the appellation’s northernmost and coolest sites shows honeysuckle and more white flowers on the subtle, delicate and yet inviting nose. There’s a vibrant tension on the sip, where chalky white-rock flavors dance with lemon zest for a laser-sharp expression. (MK) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

From Matt Kettmann: "Ian Brand, The SF Chronicle’s 2018 Winemaker of the Year, is quite possibly the most interesting vintner in Monterey County today. The Connecticut-raised, former Bonny Doon cellar rat and one-time assistant at Big Basin is sourcing from so many distinct, often old-vine sites, and spearheading so many different consulting projects. Though quite varied in styles and grapes, the wines are all very energetic, distinctive and extremely fairly priced."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2019 | Send Email
Another wine from Ian Brand, this time from the other side of the Salinas Valley in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Escolle vineyard, owned and farmed by the Caraccioli family, has quickly become one of the most highly regarded vineyards in the region. Again, the acid line is pure and focused, but here Ian has built a bit more texture and phenolic power, with more lees contact and some subtle, nutty oak. This one will age beautifully. Another bargain given the quality and pedigree.

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