Hilliard Bruce

Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

9.110 ratings
9.22 pro ratings
Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
MICHAEL COOPER

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

8.9

A little bit too much. I wouldn’t drink a whole bottle and for me that’s the telltale. #sbcountywines #sbcounty #calichard

A little bit too much. I wouldn’t drink a whole bottle and for me that’s the telltale. #sbcountywines #sbcounty #calichard

Jul 19th, 2018
MICHAEL COOPER

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

9.4

Clear and bright pale lemon. Clean pronounced aromas of ripe apricot, sage, fennel and gingerbread. On the palate it's dry albeit with a lush glyceric texture with medium plus intensity flavors of of apricot pie with a smiley charred crust and a touch of nutmeg and spice. Medium plus alcohol, medium plus acidity, well integrated oak, balanced with a medium plus finish. Complex, unique and well balanced. Only 22 barrels. #staritahills #chardonnayfromthebestplaceonearth #chardonnay #centralcoastwine #californianwine #sbcountywines

Clear and bright pale lemon. Clean pronounced aromas of ripe apricot, sage, fennel and gingerbread. On the palate it's dry albeit with a lush glyceric texture with medium plus intensity flavors of of apricot pie with a smiley charred crust and a touch of nutmeg and spice. Medium plus alcohol, medium plus acidity, well integrated oak, balanced with a medium plus finish. Complex, unique and well balanced. Only 22 barrels. #staritahills #chardonnayfromthebestplaceonearth #chardonnay #centralcoastwine #californianwine #sbcountywines

Dec 29th, 2016
Steve Anderson

Lemon and still a bit of oak, but a favorite of guests with Christmas Day apps.

Lemon and still a bit of oak, but a favorite of guests with Christmas Day apps.

Dec 27th, 2018
Jim McCusker

Absolutely convinced that John Hilliard’s wines need several years in bottle before they really start to show. This one is not at the level of the Venus bottling, but it’s quite good.

Absolutely convinced that John Hilliard’s wines need several years in bottle before they really start to show. This one is not at the level of the Venus bottling, but it’s quite good.

Jul 22nd, 2018
Jim McCusker

Have been somewhat disappointed with the HB chards recently (with the exception of the Venus wines - which are fantastic) - but this 2013 is drinking quite well. Honeysuckle on the nose with hints of lemon and vanilla, this medium-bodied wine has a nice (but not particularly deep) mid-palate, reasonable acidity, and a balanced, lingering finish. Doesn't quite compare to an Aubert or Diatom (two totally different animals, I know: I'm talking about the level of complexity), but this is still a very enjoyable wine.

Have been somewhat disappointed with the HB chards recently (with the exception of the Venus wines - which are fantastic) - but this 2013 is drinking quite well. Honeysuckle on the nose with hints of lemon and vanilla, this medium-bodied wine has a nice (but not particularly deep) mid-palate, reasonable acidity, and a balanced, lingering finish. Doesn't quite compare to an Aubert or Diatom (two totally different animals, I know: I'm talking about the level of complexity), but this is still a very enjoyable wine.

Jul 16th, 2017
Bev Perry

Bev had this a year ago

Bev had this a year ago

Sep 8th, 2018
Bev Perry

Bev had this a year ago

Bev had this a year ago

Jun 3rd, 2018
Bev Perry

Bev had this 2 years ago

Bev had this 2 years ago

Mar 20th, 2018
Peggy Hadley

Peggy had this 2 years ago

Peggy had this 2 years ago

Sep 4th, 2017
Camille Vaughn Pohlit

Camille had this 3 years ago

Camille had this 3 years ago

Jun 23rd, 2016