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PEAKE RANCH CHARDONNAY, PEAKE RANCH VINEYARD, STA. RITA HILLS 2016
NVWE Notes: Elegantly rich fruit, pretty oak and floral highlights are signatures of this wine, and the nose rolls-out as a genteel medley of baked green apple, white peach tart, vanilla wafer, brioche, hazelnut, honeysuckle and orange blossom. It is gently tongue-coating and quietly piquant in the mouth, where dried peach, dried apple, orange peel tea, and nutmeg join hazelnut and brioche at center-stage, a step ahead of a deeper core of baked green apple. Rich dried apple and subtle mineral notes are notable at the finish. A fine companion to baked fish or fowl now, it will be better yet in another year. 107 cases made.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2016 Chardonnay Peake Ranch Vineyard is decidedly phenolic and structured in feel. Candied lemon peel and citrus notes add brightness to a wine that can be deceptive in its first approach. I would give the 2016 at least a year or two in the cellar to let the angular contours soften with time.