The 2013 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is a gorgeous entry-level offering. Lemon peel, white pepper, white flowers and pears meld together in an effortless, precise Chardonnay long on personality and real class. The flavors are bright, focused and nuanced throughout. The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is made mostly from purchased fruit, but it is nevertheless a terrific entry-level wine that captures the house style nicely. Score: 92 points -- Vinous, Jan 2015
Winemaker Notes: Light straw hue. Lively aromas of Meyer lemon zest and lime blossom are underscored with hints of crisp Comice pear and crushed, coastal stones. The palate confirms the nose and is heightened by a driving minerality and vibrant acidity that carries through on the lingering finish.
2013 Vintage Notes: 2013 was a wonderful growing season along the Sonoma Coast. Early abundant winter rainfall with warmer and drier weather in February led to budbreak in early March and the onset of flowering the second week of May. With unusual timing, the estate experienced three inches of rainfall near the end of June, raising concerns for mildew pressure. Fortunately, cool and windy weather brought mitigating air-flow into the vines. In the end, the rainfall was greatly appreciated by the vines after a very dry spring. The first signs of veraison appeared the third week of July, and the continuation of moderate temperatures and sunny weather prevailed through the end of the growing season, allowing us to steadily bring in the fruit at optimum ripeness.