The 2018 Chardonnay Hope’s Cuvée is 100% Chardonnay from estate vineyards in front of the property, planted in 1980. It fermented with native yeasts, and 50% of production went through malolactic. It was aged for 10.5 months in 50% new French oak. It leaps from the glass with honey-drizzled peaches, spiced pears and apple pie scents plus nuances of cashews, orange blossoms and allspice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a beautiful satiny texture and tons of ripe, expressive stone fruit and spiced-apple flavors, finishing with great length.
Score: 94+ points -- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robertparker.com, Nov 2019