2015 Matias "Soberanes Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1437741 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lemon balm, pink grapefruit pith and a touch of sour cream show on the nose of this bottling, which quickly freshens up into more citrus elements as it sits open. There is strong tightness to the palate, where fresh lemon, nectarine and warmer pineapple tones are dusted with acidity and sea salt. (MK)  (12/2018)

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By: Ari Gorfain | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2019 | Send Email
With cool morning fog and sea breezes from Monterey Bay followed by warm afternoons, the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a match made in heaven for growing Chardonnay. The Matias Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay capitalizes on these conditions to produce a truly stunning, well-balanced wine. Lemon verbena and tropical tarte tatin round out the nose followed by a creamy, acid-driven, saline finish on the palate. This Chardonnay outclasses similar wines at loftier price points easily.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2019 | Send Email
Managed by two long-time wine families, the Pisoni and Franscioni's, the Soberanes Vineyard is proving itself a great place to get quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir out of Santa Lucia. This Chardonnay is slightly nutty and rich with notes of apricot and peach, but a bright flash of acidity on the back-end keeps it lively and interesting. Well-balanced and well-made, this is a fantastic deal and worth adding to your weekly rotation.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2019 | Send Email
I continue to be super impressed with the wines from Matias. This Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay is simply delicious. It combines the richness and purity of fruit you'd expect from this top site, with a fresh, zesty quality that gives beautiful drive and mouthwatering acidity. Pure fruit expressing golden orchard fruit, apple strudel, ripe peach, honeyed apricot and almond butter. These beautifully ripe, rich flavors and balanced by a fresh, lemon curd like tangy acidity and a wet stone mineral tinge. A very complete wine with lovely poise and complex layers. Drinking beautifully. Incredible price.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2023

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5