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Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay

9.224 ratings
9.212 pro ratings
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Eric Urbani

Had the ‘15 last night which drank surprisingly well. And now the ‘14 presents even younger - vintages matter!

Had the ‘15 last night which drank surprisingly well. And now the ‘14 presents even younger - vintages matter!

Aug 26th, 2019
Shay A
9.3

Very tart. The fruit and acidity on this is very nice, and you can tell it will age nicely, but it's just super young at this point. Green Granny Smith Apple, lemon rind, and even a touch of sweet tarts.

Very tart. The fruit and acidity on this is very nice, and you can tell it will age nicely, but it's just super young at this point. Green Granny Smith Apple, lemon rind, and even a touch of sweet tarts.

Sep 2nd, 2017
Raj Harb

The dog abides when this stuff comes out. Drank this next to the Arnot Roberts Trout Gulch of the same vintage (AR was on its 2nd day). This was a medium shimmering yellow color, compared to the pale yellow, slightly green tinged AR. It is silkier and longer on the palate, with notes of lemon curd, oily grapefruit rind. A little more finesse and power, a little less bright acidity. I give this version of the trout the slight edge tonight but they are both great and have different functions in the lineup

The dog abides when this stuff comes out. Drank this next to the Arnot Roberts Trout Gulch of the same vintage (AR was on its 2nd day). This was a medium shimmering yellow color, compared to the pale yellow, slightly green tinged AR. It is silkier and longer on the palate, with notes of lemon curd, oily grapefruit rind. A little more finesse and power, a little less bright acidity. I give this version of the trout the slight edge tonight but they are both great and have different functions in the lineup

2 people found it helpfulSep 15th, 2017
Kyle Groombridge

⚡️Man, these wines have so much verve.. they remind me of my 4-yr old - full of freaking energy and absolutely unrelenting... in a good way of course 😇

Nose is so clean with some mineral drive, crisp Granny Smith, and floral aromatics, palate is lively and fresh.. much more crisp and light weight than the Charles Heintz vineyard. The anti-Cali chard. Rombauer lovers, look away! 😆

⚡️Man, these wines have so much verve.. they remind me of my 4-yr old - full of freaking energy and absolutely unrelenting... in a good way of course 😇

Nose is so clean with some mineral drive, crisp Granny Smith, and floral aromatics, palate is lively and fresh.. much more crisp and light weight than the Charles Heintz vineyard. The anti-Cali chard. Rombauer lovers, look away! 😆

1 person found it helpfulApr 5th, 2018
Matt Lasater

With air this really came together. Love how elusive and flirtatious the nose and palate are. Lemons, saline, crisp apple/pear, blossoms, seashells, little hints of sweet caramel and custard. Not at all about amplitude, more focus and nerve. The high acid is what really got me. Not sharp or angular but a tension that is felt texturally. Really want to revisit with 3-5 years on it.

With air this really came together. Love how elusive and flirtatious the nose and palate are. Lemons, saline, crisp apple/pear, blossoms, seashells, little hints of sweet caramel and custard. Not at all about amplitude, more focus and nerve. The high acid is what really got me. Not sharp or angular but a tension that is felt texturally. Really want to revisit with 3-5 years on it.

1 person found it helpfulSep 14th, 2016
Eric Urbani

Enjoyed it over several days and it kept getting better.

Enjoyed it over several days and it kept getting better.

Oct 8th, 2016
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.2

Focused and precise. This vineyard makes amazing chard. Apparently one of the latest ripening chard vineyards in the area. Lemon rind, freshly cut green apple, green papaya, ACID, white flowers, dash of sea salt. Great trade for freshly foraged Chantrelle Californicus. A little flat on day 2. Lowered rating a notch. Thanks Richard Alfaro!

Focused and precise. This vineyard makes amazing chard. Apparently one of the latest ripening chard vineyards in the area. Lemon rind, freshly cut green apple, green papaya, ACID, white flowers, dash of sea salt. Great trade for freshly foraged Chantrelle Californicus. A little flat on day 2. Lowered rating a notch. Thanks Richard Alfaro!

Apr 17th, 2016
Chris MacLean

Acidic profile but also creamy and spicy. Very accessible given its youth. Served blind, my Rome wine geek group was impressed. Even Alessandro Pepe said that it couldn't be an American wine.

Acidic profile but also creamy and spicy. Very accessible given its youth. Served blind, my Rome wine geek group was impressed. Even Alessandro Pepe said that it couldn't be an American wine.

Apr 7th, 2016
Raj Harb

Love this wine. Saline, lemon and grapefruit rind, stony. Great energy and tension. A bit of that old barrel Chablis character. I would say I’m not sure it has the stuffing to age a very long time but should remain delicious for the next 5yrs

Side by side w AR trout gulch 2014

Love this wine. Saline, lemon and grapefruit rind, stony. Great energy and tension. A bit of that old barrel Chablis character. I would say I’m not sure it has the stuffing to age a very long time but should remain delicious for the next 5yrs

Side by side w AR trout gulch 2014

Aug 16th, 2019
Tracy Byrnes

Expressive! Grippy acidity. Burgundian style with great CA fruit.

Expressive! Grippy acidity. Burgundian style with great CA fruit.

Feb 15th, 2019