Chardonnay HMR 2016
94 pts - Doug Wilder
One sniff and you will be hooked! Our small block of Chardonnay was carefully handpicked, fermented and aged in 85% neutral barrels, 10% new French oak barrels and 5% in one stainless steel barrel for 8 months. Lemon, melon, honeysuckle, brioche with a smooth and silky fresh finish. Drink through 2019.
94 points, Doug Wilder - Purely Domestic Wine Review
"The nose is a vivid and juicy white fruit - peach and pineapple with notes of chalk Beautifully silky fruit on entry with notes of chalk and pear. Sleek, and centered with beautifully integrated brioche on the finish. Drink 2017 – 2023."
91 points, Vinous
Green-tinged gold. Aromas of fresh nectarine, orange zest and white flowers carry a chalky mineral topnote. Juicy citrus and pit fruit flavors show very good clarity and become deeper with air, picking up a touch of vanilla and showing powerful back-end lift. The mineral quality comes back on the long, focused finish, which features a lingering tangerine character and a spicy ginger flourish.
91 points, Wine Enthusuast
Grapes were harvested in late August, hand sorted, whole cluster pressed and fermented on indigenous yeast in mostly neutral oak barrels. Maintained for 10 months in these previously used barrels the wine was stirred occasionally, a technique known as “battonage”, which moves the spent yeast cells through the wine, adding a sense of brioche-like richness to the crisp edged fruit. The finished wine included small additions of stainless barrels and new oak adding contrasts of bright fruit based acidity and toasted wood elements. Characterized by its distinctive lemon zestiness, the wine opens to a mid-palate of lush honeydew melon-brioche-like richness with a persistence of its underlying crushed stone minerality. Drink now through 2020.
Shrimp Scampi, Dungeness Crab and Avocado Salad, Chicken breast Saltimbocca (with sage and prosciutto).
Adelaida’s 4 acres of Chardonnay lies in a sheltered swale of the Santa Lucia Range, some 14 miles from the cooling breezes of the Pacific coast. Overcoming the fourth year of low rainfall 2015 proved the axiom “location, location, location”. This mountain micro-climate lies in a newly minted sub-appellation, known as the Adelaida District, distinguished by its rare chalk-rock soils, a much sought after element for white wine, imparting a mineral-like quality. A minimalist watering regime called “deficit irrigation” added a further measure of stress to vine growth enhancing fruit quality.
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