Lot 675 | 2017 Santa Barbara
Gold Medal, 2019 Denver Int'l Wine Competition; Single block Chardonnay from the top vineyard in the entire Santa Maria Valley - absolutely stunning quality for price!
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Pours a classic light Chardonnay gold with aromatics of apple skins, Asian pear, and lemon oils. On the palate, the wine exhibits Chablisienne mineral and balanced acidity, carrying a kiss of classic French Oak in tandem with elegant citrus throughout. A delightful Chardonnay in every sense.
- Santa Barbara
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- Now through 2024
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Santa Barbara remains one of my favorite winegrowing regions to score gems, and with good reason – as both a wine consumer and industry insider, I think the quality-price ratio here is simply outstanding. At the moment, there might not be any wine producing region in California that delivers better value per dollar.
Lot 675 comes to us from a historic property that's home to one of the early pioneers and elder statesmen of Santa Barbara’s wine industry, crafted by a top winemaking team using grapes sourced from Bien Nacido (widely considered the best vineyard in the entire Santa Maria Valley). Aged in French oak Burgundy barrels before bottling, this is a terrific Chard from a perennial winery of the year candidate that exhibits pure class at an unbeatable price!
Great wine...Great price!
This is one of our favorite Chardonnays!!!It pairs nicely fish and chicken.... we also enjoyed a bottle of this Chardonnay at some fettuccine and it was excellent. My husband and I enjoyed sipping a glass of the Chardonnay on our patio this summer. It was a great way to beat the heat!
I enjoyed this Chardonnay!
Good daily stand by
Cannot go wrong
Good, not great. I liked your earlier Santa Barbera chards better
A crisper style that compliments food with citrus notes. Lovely!
This is your typical big butterball and oak Chardonnay, but still very light. Citrusy, pairs well with light seafood.
It's got a really bright yellow/gold color in the glass. The nose has butterscotch, green apple and melon. The palate is full bodied with a nice round mouthfeel. Apples, pear and some lemon interlaced with a touch of acidity open up for me on the palate. The mid palate is very smooth with more of the same flavors coming forth. I get some nutty notes and caramel on the back end along with the pear and apple melange. It's quite a complex wine, punching way above its $14 price point. I am thoroughly enjoying it. The mouthfeel is great, the fruit is prominent, the acidity is apparent without cutting too much and the whole package rolls off the palate very nicely. 91 points from me and a 5 stars for sure. If you like Chardonnay, stock up on this one. Drink till 2024.
If you like 689, I think you'll like this one -- not quite as good, but almost
Stony beginning but levels to a refreshing floral finish
Ends up being quite floral, from a stony fruit beginning
I liked this wine, but didn't love it. I much prefer the 689, which I found to be more complex and well rounded.