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TYLER CHARDONNAY, SANFORD & BENEDICT VINEYARD, STA. RITA HILLS 2013
NVWE Notes: A wine with a perfume to match it’s fine pedigree, this lovely Chardonnay opens with truly elegant aromas of spiced baked apple, lemon drop, green plum, pear skin, orange blossom, toasted grain, toasted nuts and minerals. It is sleek and polished on the palate, where quince jam, apple, lemon sorbet, green plum, pear skin, chamomile, baking-spice and toasted hazelnut flavors fan-out over a subtle mineral undercurrent. The finish is super-long and delightfully feminine. This already delicious bottling will be a stunning match for the more elegant seafood entrees, and it should improve for another eighteen to twenty-four months. 150 cases produced.
The 2013 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard captures the essence of this site in its textured, spherical personality. Apricot, peach, white flowers and chamomile are all laced together in a silky, layered Chardonnay endowed with considerable richness and voluptuousness.
Lightly colored and decidedly fresh and lively, the 2013 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict has lots of white flower and juicy citrus notes in its medium-bodied, laser-focused, lively and firm profile. It picks up additional richness with time in the glass, and like all of Justin's whites, it doesn't have much baby fat and really leans toward the fresher, edgy end of the spectrum. It's another white to give a year or two in the cellar.