N: Lemons, ginger, banana peel, very fresh, like a just passed thunderstorms sun. You can smell the oak, but it’s￼ like a ghost in the background.
P:Lemon custard, ever so light, creamy,tart, long finish, slight wood. He was really talented.
R.I.P. Jim Clendenen
If served this “ blind”, very few would peg it as a Cali Chard. A stylistic response to criticism of previous, over the top Chards.
With time and air, some flinty mineral goodness appears along with the sensation of citrus pith. — 2 days ago
Young fresh and easy to drink now. More typical of Santa Barbara county. I liked the Kingsley vineyard more. Will be interesting to try again on a few months. — 17 days ago
Lovely light oak, lime and a tiny spicy hint of the exotic. All that is fabulous about new oak chardonnay — 6 days ago
Nice on the palate. Minimal acidity. — 3 days ago
Pure, clean, shimmering minerals. A squeeze of lemon and some bubbles. Excellent. — 14 days ago
This was my note from my last tasting of this: Bought this after tasting at the vineyards. I usually avoid non N. Rhone viognier like the plague (or Covid, too soon?). But this was excellent, and compelling enough to make me buy more than 1 btl. Notes from Day 2 open, and in the fridge overnight, and then in a refrigerated bag during a hike followed by a long car ride. On the nose: peach, tangerine, lychee, so vibrant and with a soft minerality. On the palate: excellent acidity, which is always the problem outside the Rhone, good density...sappy without being overly oily, fantastic minerality on the palate with a soft bitter walnut note. Excellent.
This time, perhaps a bit less minerality. — 21 days ago