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HILLIARD BRUCE CHARDONNAY "ESTATE", STA. RITA HILLS 2013
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
One of the most distinctive Chardonnays in Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Lemon peel, grapefruit, smoke, slate and flint are some of the signatures in a brilliant, impeccable Chardonnay built on delineation and class. A slightly reductive note adds further nuance on the finish. This is a superb wine from Christine Hilliard.
NVWE Notes: This is in all ways a lovely wine. The nose is a delightfully fresh and notably classy mix of peach pit, Meyer lemon sorbet, pineapple soufflé, dried peach, fresh red apple and flinty mineral scents. In the mouth it is gently tongue-coating yet sleek in texture, as mineral elements and piquant notes of nut husk, lemon sorbet, apple skin and peach pit counterpoint creamy vanilla wafer, nutmeg and brioche undercurrents. The finish is ultra-long, elegant and almost lighthearted in personality. 555 cases produced.