Reviews:  Chardonnay

Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay


“The 2014 Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley) is bright and nicely focused throughout. Lemon peel, white flowers and almond are front and center. This is a soft, open-knit, gracious style, especially for Santa Maria, where the Chardonnays are often a bit more pointed.”

90 Points: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out

- Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2016


“Light and clean aromas of Asian pear, pear blossoms, apple flesh and white flowers show on the nose of this bottling from a property on the far western edge of the maritime appellation. Bright acidity presents flavors of lime, green apples, Anjou pear flesh and a touch of kiwi, with savory sea-salt touches.”

93 Points: Excellent; Highly recommended

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast, November 2016


"The 2014 Presqu’ile Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay is as close to a Premier Cru Chassagne-Montrachet as you’ll find in this country. Cronje coddled his estate grown chardonnay grapes for six months in stainless-steel tanks and a year in neutral French oak barrels. The wine’s spring-water hue and elegant floral, vanilla scent are instant messages that this is not another California oaky, fruit-bomb chardonnay. Then, the white peach and pear flavors crossed my palate with their medium-full body and balancing acidity, confirming its Burgundy style."

94 Points

- John Foy, The Wine Odyssey, December 15, 2016


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“Aged for 12 months in oak and six in stainless steel, this is the kind of Chardonnay you’ll want to get a grip on.  Using six different Chardonnay clones for diverse expressiveness, it presents a balance between oak and acidity, along with guava, pineapple, lemon zest, and honeysuckle enhanced by a slight minerality from the sandy soils of Santa Barbara County. It lingers with sweet tropical notes and rounds out with a creamy finish.”

- Michael Cervin, Vivino, January 2017

“An array of Dijon clones grown in outstanding vineyards such as Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills. Feral yeast primary fermentation and feral malolactic conversion. Aged 12 months on the lees in neutral French oak, 6 months in stainless steel. Light golden yellow color in the glass. The nose comes at you with hi-tone aromas of dried apricot, ocean breeze salinity and a complimentary butter note. Slightly viscous in the mouth, with flavors of green apple, citrus and white peach. A restrained style without oak intrusion, finishing with steely resolve.”

- Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile, August 2016


“Bright citrusy lemon on the nose with hints of gun flint and minerality. In the mouth: lemon zest and lime peel, ripe yellow pear and yellow apple, as well as sea salt, botanicals and some minerality. If the sauvignon blanc is margarita-like, this chard is complex and distinct enough to be likened to a superb gin and tonic. With its bright flavors and good snap of acidity on the finish, it's an obvious choice for summertime imbibing on the patio.”

- Dennis Schaefer, Santa Barbara News-Press, August 2016


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