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Chateau Ausone

"The 2003 Ausone is off the charts in terms of richness. While I gave a 3-digit score to the 2000, I think this profoundly concentrated wine may be even more sublime and exotic. Its inky/blue/purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of flowers, crushed rocks, sweet raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and God knows what else. The impression is one of extraordinary richness and purity, and a multilayered texture yet a surreal lightness as well as laser-like precision. This exquisite offering must be tasted to be believed. Incredibly young, it will undoubtedly close down over the next few years, re-emerging after 15-20 years. It should last for 70-100 years. It is a wine for anthology!" (WA)
Wine Advocate: 100 pts.
only $899.95


With rich characteristics of apple and spice, this lovely opulent wine is made in the style of a traditional Burgundy Chardonnay. Butterscotch and tropical palate, along with vanilla notes from the barrel fermentation. This Chardonnay ends with a smooth, crisp, enjoyable finish.
Always leery of sugary-sweet bulk-juice efforts at this price range, we were absolutely floored when we tasted this! Here's what we found: Inviting aromas of poached pear and toasty, smoky oak are followed by spice and pear tart, with a touch of lemon curd and vanilla. More creamy than buttery, there's a caramelized aspect to the oak and a pleasant crispness. Deftly balanced with underlying complexity and finesse. Finishes strong, with lip-smacking anticipation of the next sip.
only $7.99

teyssier NEW LOWER PRICE!!
Chateau Teyssier

"An over-achieving estate for a number of years now, this dense purple wine exhibits oodles of creme de cassis and licorice, hints of subtle barbecue smoke and toast, terrific texture and a long, succulent, fleshy finish. It is not all that dissimilar from the 2009 in terms of its flamboyance and drinkability, although I suspect that analytically the pH is slightly lower and the tannins a bit higher than those of its older sibling. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. From the home estate of Englishman Jonathan Malthus, the 2010 Teyssier is showing better out of bottle than it did out of barrel. This is the biggest production of all the wines from Malthus, hitting nearly 15,000 cases. " (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
only $24.95

Joh. Jos. Prum
Wehlener Sonnenuhr
Riesling Kabinett

"Shows a well-defined richness to the lusciously fruity flavors of apricot, honeydew melon and white raspberry. A lattice structure supports plenty of spice and white chocolate notes. Finishes with candied ginger. Drink now through 2022." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 92 pts.
"Prum's 2011 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett is a tad higher in residual sugar and correspondingly lower in alcohol than its immediate stable mates, but as one would expect from this great site, if anything the taste impression is drier. A ravishing nose of heliotrope and honeysuckle, Normandy cider and wet stone establishes the common themes for a palate performance that unites delicacy, juiciness and creaminess to an uncanny degree that only a few of the best Mosel vineyards and their prime caretakers can capture. Mouthwateringly lingering and compelling of the next sip, this rarified illustration of Mosel Kabinett virtue will reward you over the next quarter century." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.

only $27.95

beringer BACK AGAIN!

Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley

"Easy to approach yet deceptively complex, with ripe red and dark berry, floral and peppery spice notes. The creamy, supple texture invites drinking. Drink now through 2023. 66,200 cases made. –JL" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 90 pts.
"Beringer has been doing a beautiful job in this area, and the medium-bodied 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley represents fair value. Its deep ruby/plum color is accompanied by notes of chocolate, toast, blackcurrants and black cherries offered in a lush, sexy, fruit-driven style. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years. For its size and prominence, the St. Helena flagship Beringer winery does a remarkable job with the quality of its offerings. They have been fortunate to choose a brilliant line-up of chief winemakers, from Ed Sbragia, to Laurie Hook. The following group of wines, coming primarily from 2012 for the reds, and 2012 and 2013 for the whites, is one of the strongest I have tasted with them. That is reassuring when you consider the enormous size of the umbrella Treasury Estates that owns Beringer. " (WA)
Wine Advocate: 88 pts.
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley is especially deep and powerful in this vintage. Smoke, game, incense, leather, pomegranate, spice and red cherries are some of the many notes that inform this striking Cabernet from Sonoma's Knights Valley, a fertile hunting ground for savory, mineral-driven wines full of character. This is a fabulous wine for the money, but with a production of 90,000 cases, winemaker Laurie Hook shows to achieve quality and value with scale, something that is much harder than it looks." (AG)/
Antonio Galloni: 91 pts.
4. 2012 Beringer, Knights Valley ($32) – Medium-dark ruby; attractive, fragrant, blackberry fruit aroma with hints of mocha and dried herbs; full body; tight, cedary, cassis, dark cherry, and blackberry fruit flavors showing some richness and depth; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Approachable now though will benefit with a few more years of bottle aging. Highly recommended. 14.3% alcohol; 65,000 cases; blended with 7% Merlot, 5% CF, 2% PV, and 1% Malbec; released July 2014. (Group Score: 16.1, 0/4/2; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], third place) (CGV)
California Grapevine: 89 pts.
only $18.95

Quinta do Vesuvio
Vintage Port

"Effusively fruity, offering luscious red plum, dark cherry and chocolate flavors that are well-integrated. Very suave and creamy as well, with a long finish filled with cocoa powder and Asian spice. Best from 2020 through 2045. -K.M." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 94 pts.

"The 2012 Quinta do Vesuvio is actually quite reserved for an infant Vesuvio with broody and introspective black fruit, cassis, orange essence, clear honey and cloves. It is well-defined but takes more coaxing than Dow's Senhora da Ribeira. The palate is well-defined with fine tannins and a slightly grainy texture. Good weight here, perhaps more structure than the aforementioned Senhora, adorned with an animated black pepper and clove-driven finish. Give this masculine Vesuvio at least four to five years in bottle." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
"Extremely ripe yet only lightly jammy with dark berries, licorice and flowers. Lilac and roses too. Full body, medium sweet and round tannins plus a fruity finish. A soft and friendly wine. Drink in 2022." (JS)
James Suckling: 92 pts.
only $59.95

villiers NEW ARRIVAL!
Pinot Noir
de Villiers Vineyard
Mount Harlan

"First up and seriously perfumed, the 2011 Pinot Noir de Villiers is a gorgeous wine that excels both for its complexity and for its richness and breath on the palate. Giving up notes of ripe cherries, wild strawberries, exotic flowers, citron and spice, it has medium to full-bodied richness, a core of sweet fruit and a rich, seamless texture. In fact, it has a rare level of depth and texture in the vintage, and while beautiful today, I imagine it will evolve gracefully." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.

only $39.95

waterstone BACK AGAIN!
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

"Subtle and fruity with refined tannins and a delicate finish. This is medium-bodied, with polished, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Always among the best value in outstanding, drinkable Napa Valley Cabernet. Drink now." (JS)
James Suckling: 91 pts.
only $19.95

Reserve Old Vine

"The 2012 Bonarda Old Vine Reserve is about as good an example of this varietal that one will find. Its saturated purple color is accompanied by an exceptional bouquet of mulberry jam, spring flowers and loads of berry fruit. Although it was aged 12 months in French oak, there is no hint of oak, only super fruit, medium to full body, and a terrific mouthfeel as well as aromatics. This crowd-pleaser should drink nicely for another 2-3 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 91 pts.
only $12.95


"Offers layers of dark plum, raspberry ganache and dark cherry flavors, filled with chocolate truffle notes. Shows seductive cedary details on the finish. Best from 2025 through 2050. 300 cases imported. –KM" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 94 pts.
From very old vines of up to more than 110 years or more that give maximum quality for low yield. "Very floral and fruity with raspberries and blueberries on the nose. Full body, medium sweet with firm and chewy tannins. Lovely texture to this." -92 Pts. 94 Pts. Wine Spectator "The 2011 Kopke has scents of damson, boysenberry jam and crème de cassis. The palate is certainly plush and sensual with lush blueberry and bilberry notes, a more approachable 2011 with a sweet, fleshy, corpulent finish.." eRobertParker 90 Pts.
(Winery Notes)
only $46.95

Patient Cottat
Anciennes Vignes
Loire Valley

"With intense, mineral aromas, this is a complex, tight and nervy wine. It has great concentration, serious amounts of acidity and a final series of herbaceous flavors that give a totally dry, steely aftertaste. Age until 2015 to round it out. -(10/1/2014) -91" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 91 pts.
Complex and intense. Prevailing aromas of acacia-blossoms with a Muscat-like note of passion-fruit. Full and fat. Very well balanced. Aromas of litchi and a touch of honey.
(Winery Notes)
only $18.95

Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands

"Medium-deep ruby color; deep, tight aromas of cherry and oak; deep, big cherry flavors with smoky spice notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, forward Pinot with a lot there." (PR)
Pinot Report: 94 pts.

only $27.95

ironhorse 2014 WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100: #10

Iron Horse
Wedding Cuvee
Green Valley of Russian River Valley

"Pinkish-gold in color, this lovely cuvée is a blend of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, the winery's take on a Blanc de Noirs. Fruity in peach, raspberry and blood orange, it is multi-faceted and complex, dry and elegant with a long finish that leans herbal, the acidity dialed perfectly right, gentle on the palate and memorable. -V.B. (12/1/2014)" (WE)
Wine Enthusiast: 95 pts.

only $26.95


A.R. Lenoble
Brut Rose Millesime

"(85% grand cru chardonnay and 15% premier cru pinot noir) Light, orange-hued pink, with a delicate bead. Redcurrant and blood orange aromas are complemented by notes of talc and allspice, with a mounting floral quality. Very fresh and focused on the palate, which offers tangy citrus and red berry flavors and a strong undercurrent of minerals. With air a note of bitter cherry skin comes up and adds a serious quality. Finishes with impressive clarity, grip and tangy persistence, repeating the blood orange and cherry skin notes." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92 pts.
only $59.95

Aia Vecchia
Sor Ugo
Bolgheri Rosso

"The top denomination wine from this estate, the 2010 Bolgheri Superiore Sor Ugo delivers massive, dark concentration and an exceedingly supple mouthfeel. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small part Petit Verdot (all aged 18 months in barrique). The beautifully rich wine inches forward over the palate with heft and determination, imparting bright cherry, blackberry and spice as it moves slowly along. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. Started in 1995, Aia Vecchia counts 42 hectares of vines between properties in Bolgheri and southern Maremma (Magliano in Toscana and Orbetello). At the Bolgheri property, long panoramas of manicured vineyard cut deep into the Mediterranean shrubs that blanket the hillsides. The focus is primarily international varieties, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but smaller parcels are planted to Vermentino and Sangiovese. Over the past year, the Pellegrino family has invested in cryo-maceration technology for their white wines. Elia, 24, recently joined uncle Filippo and father Alessandro at the winery after his professional soccer career was cut short by injury." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.

only $29.95

Bodegas Muga
Prado Enea
Gran Reserva

"The 2005 Prado Enea Gran Reserva spends 36-months in oak, nine months in new oak after which it is racked into American oak that is "semi-new" (i.e. a new barrel that is "broken in" with a wine beforehand). It has an unashamedly opulent bouquet of primal, ripe, boysenberry, mulberry, dark chocolate and crushed violets that blossom with aeration. The palate is full-bodied with crisp acidity cutting through the pure blackberry and cassis fruit. It has wonderful focus and intensity, though the finish demonstrates convincing composure. This is an outstanding Gran Reserva whose silky texture will instantly win you over. Drink 2013-2030+ Bodegas Muga was a must during my afternoon visiting the triumvirate of classic Rioja producers located within spitting distance from each other in Haro. The name should need no introduction. It was founded by Aurora Cano and her husband Isaac in 1932, although the family were growers and did not commence winemaking themselves until the 1960s, when they relocated to the building in Barrio de la Estacion. Under Aurora's son, Isaac Jnr, who joined us for the tasting, Muga fostered a reputation for high quality, classic Rioja wine sourced from an almost incalculable number of tiny parcels. During the 1990s they branched out to pursue what you might call "modern" Rioja with the inception of "Torre Muga" in 1991. This move may have piqued those that feared Muga was forsaking their classical roots, though those fears were unfounded and the bodega continues to fashion wines that embrace both styles. However, let us commence with their sparkling contribution to the Rioja landscape. " (WA)
Wine Advocate: 95 pts.
only $49.95

Bodegas Borsao
Tres Picos
Campo de Borja

"The terrific 2012 Tres Picos is one of the finest inexpensive, Grenache-based wines made in the world. This full-bodied beauty boasts a deep ruby color as well as loads of strawberry and black cherry fruit, hints of lavender and crushed rocks, sweet tannin, and a broad, savory mouthfeel. It, too, should be consumed over the next 3-4 years." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 92 pts.
"(half fermented in French oak and half in stainless steel): Bright purple. Heady aromas of blueberry, cherry compote, white pepper and woodsmoke, plus an exotic cinnamon note. Fresh and seamless, offering vibrant blueberry and black raspberry flavors and suave floral notes. The spicy quality lingers seductively on the tenacious finish." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 92 pts.
only $12.95

sassicaia NEW ARRIVAL!!
Tenuta San Guido
Sassicaia IGT

"Ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors pick up accents of rosemary, mineral and spice in this red. Concentrated and intense, fresh and focused, leaning toward black currant and cedar notes on the solid finish. Racy midpalate. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2030. From Italy. -B.S." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.
"Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length. Reminds me of some of the underrated Sass of the 1980s such as 1982, 1983 or 1987. Try after 2018." (JS)
James Suckling: 94 pts.
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Joel Gott
Sauvignon Blanc

""Lip-smacking lemon and lemon zest flavors are bright and refreshing in this crisp, light-bodied wine, showing a hint of lemon thyme on the finish. Drink now. 58,250 cases made. –MW" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 86 pts.

only $8.99

Lucien Albrecht
Cremant Brut Rose
Cremant d' Alsace

"Dried fruit notes, apricot and date, mix with nut and hints of citrus peel in this firm sparkler. It's juicy, with a creamy finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 87 pts.

"While Albrecht's Pinot Blanc Cremant d'Alsace (a genre Lucien Albrecht was prominent in legally codifying) is delicious, it is a bit simple to count as a top value at $24, whereas their non-vintage Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose - a pure Pinot Noir - is more intriguing and distinctive. Along with strawberry and red raspberry fruit suggestions that are enhanced by the wine's discreet hint of sweetness, there are saline, meaty, and herbal notes to add interest to both the nose and a lush palate, and the hints of salinity and bitterness in the finish make for an invigorating complement to the wine's prominent fruit. This comes in a light-sensitive clear bottle, and I could identify no lot number, so make sure that whoever sells you a bottle will take responsibility for freshness and proper storage. As a group, Albrecht's wines were delightfully user-friendly, although some of them - like so many wines of Alsace nowadays -lacked the concentration or distinctiveness to render them excellent values, given starting prices of close to $20." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 87 pts.
"How much do I like Champagne? A lot. How much do I like Champagne's pink version? A lot plus a little more. Unfortunately, the rosé version usually costs between 2 and 5 times more than the standard version, so it's a very rare occasion that I get to drink the real deal. Legally, only grapes grown in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne (with the exception of a few U.S. sparkling wines that were grandfathered in). And much like the "Napa Valley Effect" Champagne demands a much higher price than it's less prestigious, though sometimes just as tasty, counterparts in different regions of France and elsewhere.
In this case the grapes come from Alsace in eastern France near the German border. Lucien Albrecht's brut rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes whose skins impart the beautiful pink color in this wine. A perfect alternative to Champagne, this wine is fruity and creamy on the palate, with the Pinot grape coming through on the finish with nice mineral flavors and a little bitterness that reminds you this is a rosé, not a run of the mill sparkling wine.
At $14.95 you really can't go wrong giving this a try, especially if you are in search of an alternative to Champagne which starts at $25."
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only $14.95

cloudy NEW RELEASE!!
Cloudy Bay
Sauvignon Blanc

"The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough is intensely scented of gooseberries, elderflower and fresh lemon with hints of white asparagus and sage. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with vibrant vegetal and citrus notes held up by a lively acid backbone and good long finish." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 90 pts.
Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is a definitive expression of the region and its season. Appealing concentration and poise suggests a wine with the ability to age. The nose is bright with aromas of kaffir lime and grapefruit. A generous palate reveals ripe citrus, stone fruit and lemongrass flavours balanced by crunchy acidity. Perhaps the hallmark of this vintage is its persistent finish rich with minerality.
(Winery Notes)
only $21.95

alonso LAST CHANCE!!
Alonso del Yerro
Ribera del Duero

"The 2010 Crianza is a selection of Tempranillo grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 10-15 months in a combination of new (15%) and used French oak barrels. The nose is very expressive, fresh, with a mixture of red and black fruit, developing complexity and absorbing the oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied with clean, delineated flavors. The tannins are sweet and the acidity is moderate, it could do with a little more freshness (and perhaps a little less oak). In any case, this is a superb value for money. Drink now-2020. Alonso del Yerro is in Roa, in Burgos, where they produce ripe, juicy and hedonistic reds with the help of Stephane Derenoncourt, wines that often represent very good value and show the character of Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
only $24.95

dierberg NEW RELEASE!
Pinot Noir
Dierberg Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley

"The 2012 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard shows the darker side of Pinot with its earthy, forest floor, red and black fruit and spice aromas and flavors. Coming all from sandy loam sois and aged 18 months in 35% new oak, it's beautifully balanced, has solid mid-palate density and a terrific finish. Enjoy it over the coming 4-6 years. These wines are now made by Tyler Thomas, who did a stellar job for Donelan Family Wines in Sonoma. These 2012s are beautiful. " (WA)
Wine Advocate: 93 pts.
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard is a bit more subtle and elegant than the Drum Canyon. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries and mint are all laced together in an effortless, impeccably balanced Pinot Noir. The Dierberg is racy, but also possesses plenty of nuance." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 90 pts.
only $34.95

torbreck BACK AGAIN!
Run Rig
Barossa Valley

"Polished, ripe and seamless, playing out its layers and layers of dark berry, cherry, black olive and spice flavors on a rich, supple frame. The finish picks up mint and cream notes as it lingers effortlessly. A study in depth and opulence. Shiraz. Drink now through 2025. From Australia ." (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.

"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 RunRig opens with wonderful perfume, and though this label usually contains a splash of Viognier, which could account for the fragrant nose, it has none this vintage. Redolent of violets and blueberries it is very spicy with an undercurrent of anise and Indian spices muddled with mulberries. Taut and elegant on the palate, it gives plenty of concentrated fruit flavor with crisp acid and firm, fine tannins. It finishes long. Drink it from 2016 to 2030+." (WA)
Wine Advocate: 99 pts.
"(100% shiraz; 15% alcohol): Inky purple. Displays room-filling scents of dark fruit preserves, oak spices, violet pastille, cola and licorice, with a cracked pepper nuance adding lift. Deeply concentrated boysenberry and cassis flavors reach every corner of the palate and show superb energy and clarity for their power. Intensely perfumed and appealingly sweet on the finish, which features substantial but integrated tannins and persistent floral and fruitcake qualities. Built for the long haul, no question, but there's a lot of upfront sex appeal here as well; you could drink it now without guilt--or perhaps just a twinge." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 96 pts.

only $179.95

fontodi 2014 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #14
Flaccianello della Pieve IGT

"Aromas and flavors of violet, black currant, raspberry and spice gain intensity as this red builds to its lengthy conclusion. Vibrant and harmonious, this needs some time to shed its well-proportioned tannins. Sangiovese. Best from 2017 through 2030. 4,000 cases made. –BS" (WS)
Wine Spectator: 95 pts.
"(100% sangiovese): Good deep, bright red. Knockout nose combines liqueur-like red fruits, minerals, aromatic herbs and spicy oak. Sappy and suave, with extremely deep red and dark berry, mineral and Oriental spice flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Still a bit youthfully aggressive today, finishing with firm, building tannins and outstanding length. An exceptionally successful Flaccianello; in fact, I predict it will turn out to be one of the top three Chianti-area wines of the 2011 vintage." (IWC)
International Wine Cellar: 94 pts.
"The blackberry, currant, nutmeg and chocolate aromas follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and lots of savory fruit. Some balsamic and citrus fruit underneath it all. Needs a little time to soften. Pure sangiovese. From organically grown grapes. Better in 2016." (JS)
James Suckling: 95 pts.
"Violets, crushed flowers, licorice, cloves and menthol wrap around the palate in the 2011 Flaccianello. A soft, seamless wine, the 2011 retains gorgeous freshness within the context of the year. Today, the Flaccianello is more expressive than the Sorbo, but it was also bottled two months earlier. This is another wine with off the charts levels of both polyphenols and acidity." (AG)
Antonio Galloni: 94 pts.

only $109.95

hahn LAST CALL!!
SLH Estate
Santa Lucia Highlands

I must admit that with rare exceptions I am generally not a fan of most inexpensive California Chardonnays selling for under $25 or so dollars let alone an estate bottled wine like this one selling for $14.95. Why? Because I so often find them too low in acid (hence dull) and the buttery quality if often cloying. So it is with sheer delight that I heartily endorse this Hahn S.L.H. (standing, of course, for Santa Lucia Highlands) Chardonnay from this sub-area of the Santa Maria-Northern Santa Barbara viticulture area.
The wines major attributes are its definite Chardonnay character with aromas and flavors of butterscotch, creamy vanilla, golden and green apples, and touches of peaches and ripe grapefruit. It's other winning point, and a most important aspect, is the wines remarkable balance one almost never finds in a low or even middle price California Chardonnay. A balance that greatly lessens or removes the often cloying over-buttery character found in many liked priced California Chardonnays. Also and what is of really major importance is the remarkable fine acid level balance in the wine which gives it a most appealing crispness and alleviates the boringness a too low in acid chardonnay so frequently has.
I would be hard pressed currently to think of a better American Chardonnay in the under $20 to $25 range then this 2012 $14.95 winner from the fairly large Hahn Winery
RATING: 91/92 (Compared to other Calif. Chards under $20/$25 I give it a 95/96).
PRICE: $14.95, ****bargain
WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co:
(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)
Our vineyards planted in the Santa Lucia Highlands experience a long and dry growing season that results in wines with singular depth, complexity and ripe fruit flavors. All four of our SLH vineyards-Lone Oak, Doctor's, Smith and Hook-are planted on a narrow bench at elevations ranging from 200 to 1,200 feet above sea level. Here, morning sun is plentiful and the gravelly, sandy loam soils drain beautifully, helping to create concentrated fruit flavors.

The 2012 vintage turned out to be one of the best for Chardonnay in recent years. Consistent and moderate temperatures before and during harvest created an extended growing season allowing the fruit to ripen gradually, our estate Chardonnay grapes developed layered and nuanced fruit flavors and aromas.
This wine is a thoughtful blend of different Chardonnay clones we've planted in our estate vineyards. After the fruit was handpicked and sorted, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed and fermented entirely in small French oak barrels. Part of the wine also underwent a secondary malolactic fermentation. We then hand-stirred the wine on the lees every three weeks for the nine months. This Chardonnay aged in barrel. Our winemaker Paul Clifton selected the barrels he felt best expressed the aromas, flavors and texture of the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Hahn SLH Chardonnay is rich and layered, with silky notes of golden apple, mango and buttered toast.
(Winery Notes)
only $14.95

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