Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast

Chanin

Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Fabulous 🇺🇸 single block Chard @ £40 thats one of the best 🇺🇸 Chards I’ve found, especially at this price - it’s yummy 👍 Oh & the label is 👌

Oh & it’s from Chanin Wine Company & it’s their 2014 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 👍

🏵 93 points

🍷 Straw yellow

👃 Gorgeous aromas of citrus, green fruits, minerals, honey, vanilla & caramel banana driven tropical undertones w/ a dollop of fuel

👄 Med+ smooth touch sweet body of beautifully balanced oily but not syrup, citrus, green fruits & banana w/ tropical fruits buried in crushed rock minerals

🎯 Med+ touch dry finish of the above w/ a mineral zingy creamy linger & tropical peach banana caramel apple spanking
— 10 days ago

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Dawn Emory

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Love this wine great recommendation 🙂

True Believer

Rose Wine Grenache Blend 2017

Formerly El Crüe Rosé but now Rosé of True Believer. Still same high quality fruit. Blend of 54% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, 2% Viognier, and 1% Roussanne. 13.9% alc. $42. — 10 days ago

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J. Brix

Nomine Amoris Santa Maria Valley Pinot Gris 2017

Nice skin contact pinot gris. Watermelon colour, good astringency, dry, not much fruit. — 11 days ago

Stolpman Vineyards

L'Avion Santa Ynez Valley Roussanne 2009

Shay A
9.0

Burgundy night. Started off with a nice champagne followed by a Cali roussanne to calibrate the palates.

Buttery and rubbery at the same time. Probably slightly past its prime? Strong front palate of toasted butter and wax. Mid palate and finish fade to a faint almond note.
— 16 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Past it's prime depends on vintage, they only make this bottle in the better years. I had a 2008 within the last year that was just amazing, probably the best Rous. I've had from CA. If you didn't wipe out the bottle, I'd suggest giving it a day.
Shay A

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@Severn Goodwin : This bottle was opened for a group of about 15 people, so it did not survive the night. I enjoyed the wine, but there was very little fruit to this. Maybe a slightly off bottle of maybe my taste buds were off. It probably also didn’t receive its fair share of attention since it was just an aperitif type wine to start the night.
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@Shay A the bottle I had opened needed a lot of air.

Presqu'ile Winery

Presqu'ile Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Rediscovering California whites - particularly the restrained style of winemaking prompted by westerly vineyards situated on cool current influence. Drinks like a burgundy with dollops of golden apple, Anjou pear, ripe peach, fennel, electric acid leading to a mint-laden finish on a medium frame. Lovely with scallops and meaty oysters, easy to sip with Marcona almonds or alone — 4 days ago

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Clendenen Family Vineyards

Borgo Buon Natale Tocai Friulano 2015

Lemon, pine, almond. White grapefruit. It’s got some musk to it that I can’t quite figure out. Maybe passion fruit? Much better the next day. Chardonnay lovers would get a kick out of it. — 7 days ago

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Clendenen Family Vineyards

Le Bon Climat Chardonnay 2013

Jim’s private wines done just the way he likes. 7/10 years in it. — 20 days ago

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Jason Brater

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I don't really care for the CA pinot. LOVE the OR pinot, though. Will investigate the club for the Chardonnay -- thanks! Is it mostly oaked?
David L

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Partial/ moderate/ slightly high...oak treatment.
David L

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He’s kind of a hippie

The Ojai Vineyard

Solomon Hills Vineyard Chardonnay 2006

This is actually the Special Bottling of the 2006 Solomon Hills chardonnay. Adam Tolmach describes finding the chardonnay grapes coated in botrytis in 2006 and decided to pick and ferment the best lots separately. Made just over 130 cases of this utterly unique wine. Incredible depth in both aromatics and flavor, this 100% dry wine has notes of lemon peel, white flowers, and honey coupled with great weight and mouthfeel. There’s plenty of acidity to keep the wine moving - which is an impressive testament to its balance - making for one of the best chardonnays I’ve had in a long time. And I almost forgot: this wine is nearly 12 years old and still evolving. Awesome. — 22 days ago

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Interesting... nice note.

Whitcraft Winery

Pence Ranch Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir 2016

Man, naturally-made Grenache just keeps getting me. The color on this is crazy - almost a see-through mahogany. Funky fresh. Only 44 cases produced. — a day ago

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Qupé

Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Estate Roussanne 2012

#lastbottlewines steal. Sad I didn’t participate directly. Glad my friends share. — 21 days ago