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2015 Calera "Bien Nacido Vineyard - 40th Anniversary Edition" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $36)

SKU #1438208 91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark An addition to the range, the 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido is a very pretty wine. Succulent peach, lemon confit, chamomile, orange peel and lightly buttered note all flesh out in the glass. The 2015 is an especially gracious expression of this famed Santa Maria site. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard from Calera is an exuberant Chardonnay that gives up loads of buttered orchard fruits, honeysuckle, and brioche-like aromas and flavors. These carry over to the palate, where the wine is rich and textured yet has racy acidity that comes through on the finish. This exotic, zingy effort will benefit from a year in bottle and keep for 4-5. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Offering up aromas of apricots, peach and toasty new oak, the 2015 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 40th Anniversary Vintage is medium-bodied, rich and ripe, finishing with light grip. A pleasure-bent Chardonnay that harks back to an old-fashioned aesthetic and should drink well in the near term. (WK) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Our debut vintage of Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay truly embodies the cool coastal climate of the Santa Maria Valley. The nose offers enticing aromas of Meyer lemon, citrus zest, and subtle brioche notes. On the palate, vibrant citrus, layers of lemon and pear are rounded out by hazelnut. This delightfully poised Chardonnay has a lush viscous mouthfeel leading to a beautiful finish."

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2019 | Send Email
Overheard in the staff tasting room: “This wine shouldn’t say Calera on it. This wine shouldn’t say Bien Nacido on it. But oh my god, is it incredible.” I have to second that. Calera isn’t one of those producers I associate with Bien Nacido, nor is Bien Nacido a vineyard I associate with Calera. But Good lord this one turned my head around backward. Soaring nose with tropical notes that range passion fruit, banana, from wet slate to rich, roasted honeycrisp apple. The acidity is really punchy, probably a touch more than you would expect, but absolutely perfect for my palate. Elements of nuttiness and earth on the finish. What a ridiculously awesome find this is.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2019 | Send Email
This one-off opportunity was almost lost! The wine was destined to go overseas to an export market before we tasted it and struck a last minute deal with the winery to take everything they had! A special 40th anniversary bottling from this California icon, the 2015 Calera Bien Nacido Chardonnay is drinking absolutely beautifully. The oak is now perfectly integrated and mellow with three years in bottle; the fruit and minerality are intertwined and persistence on the palate is elongated by a subtle hazelnut quality. Very elegant; lovely saline mineral component and concentration from the old vines. This is a seriously classy expression of one of my favorite vineyards in all of California...and who would expect anything less from Calera!
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