2018 Saintsbury "Sangiacomo Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay (Elsewhere $28)

SKU #1541440 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Ripe apricot with salted butter and mango on the nose. Smoke and flint, too. It’s full-bodied and wonderfully creamy. Crisp acidity and lingering, cream notes. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Made in an elegant and refined style, this tastes of apple skin, pear and just a hint of peach. With well-integrated oak providing a foundation, it has a rich underbelly of baking spice. (VB) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2021 | Send Email
Saintsbury's Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay is an astounding value and a truly versatile wine. The Sangiacomo family are some of the best grape growers in the region with extensive holdings across Carneros. Fruit from these immaculately farmed vineyards typically goes into much more expensive bottlings often surpassing $50. To find it designated for under $20 is extremely rare! Not only that, but Saintsbury's team has expertly crafted this into a wine that captures both the richness and restraint this grape is capable of. The wine shows orchard blossom on the nose, freshly buttered toast with marmalade. The subtle oak maturation adds a creamy noisette quality without being heavy or "oaky." Saline mineral tones and brisk coastal acidity gives great length and drive on the palate finishing with citrus zesty and almond paste. Tastes much more expensive than it is. Enough richness for those who like a weightier style of Chard, but plenty for freshness and minerality for those who appreciate a more focused finish.
Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2028

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