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MINDEGO RIDGE CHARDONNAY "ESTATE", SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS 2014
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2014 Chardonnay is one of the most distinctive wines being made in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Graphite, smoke, peach, mint and honey give the 2014 much of its exotic flair. Dramatic in both its flavors and phenolic intensity, the 2014 is absolutely gorgeous. The aromatics are slightly reductive, so I would give the 2014 a good bit of air. There is no question the 2014, is a stunning wine, although it shows the more extroverted, flamboyant side of what is possible in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The 2014 Chardonnay from Mindego Ridge comes from a tiny 1.5-acre parcel and spent 11 months in mostly neutral French oak. Beautiful notes of white peach, pineapple, exotic flowers and hints of mint all flow from this medium to full-bodied, rich, layered, gorgeous Chardonnay that has excellent freshness and vibrancy. Like all 2014s, its upfront and ready to go, with tons of fruit. Drink it over the coming couple of years.
NVWE Notes: This is a classic Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay that runs a streak of gravely minerality below deep spiced apple, white peach, golden fig, pineapple core, graham cracker crust and hazelnut nougat scents. It is densely packed on the palate, with focused golden fig, peach tart, tarte tatin, vanilla, honey and hazelnut flavors. Citric zest and minerality keep the finish racy and food-worthy already, but it will take another two or three years for this brilliant wine to show all it has. 343 cases produced.