2017 Chardonnay
2017 Chardonnay
HMR Estate Vineyard
92 points - Vinous
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92 points | Vinous, Antonio Galloni 

Vivid yellow-gold. An exotically perfumed, powerful bouquet evokes pear and peach nectar, vanilla and candied ginger, with a smoky quality building in the glass. Seamless and concentrated, offering intense orchard and pit fruit flavors that are braced by dusty mineral and bitter orange pith qualities. Clings impressively on the mineral-accented finish, leaving hints of toasty lees and fennel behind.

HMR is the abbreviated name of Hoffman Mountain Ranch, the original vineyard planted by Dr. Stanley Hoffman.  This historic property dating from the early 1960’s is devoted exclusively to Burgundian grape varieties, rarely found in Paso Robles. Adelaida purchased the HMR estate in 1994. This choice real estate, planted in a narrow west to east gap of the Santa Lucia mountain range, lies in a uniquely cooler micro-climate, benefiting from the moderating afternoon onshore Pacific air current. Our Miocene era chalk-rock soil leaves a trademark mineral influence. The four acre Chardonnay Block is based on the original 1973 HMR vine material.