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MOUNTAIN ESTATE, CHARDONNAY

Sonoma County

VintageRatingPublication
201494 PointsRobert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chardonnay Mountain Estate from an Old Wente clone and aged in 50% new French oak is full-bodied with beautiful notes of tangerine oil, orange marmalade, lemon custard, brioche, white peach and pineapple. There is some underlying wet gravel, giving it a stunning minerality. This is a beauty to drink over the next 5-7 years.
 
201491 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2014 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard is deep and powerful, with plenty of the phenolic intensity that is so typical of this mountain site. Lees stirring during aging brings out further texture and volume. Candied lemon, chamomile, vanillin and spice notes are amped up in this powerful Chardonnay. I would prefer to give the 2014 at least 6-12 months to recover from its recent bottling.
 
201391 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
The 2013 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard is a pretty wine, but it is also much more delicate than it was from barrel, mostly because it was filtered. Dried pear, smoke, spice and white orchard fruit are all laced together in a delicate Chardonnay built on nuance.
 
201391 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard shows slightly crisper acids, a more close-to-the-vest style, with notes of white currants, quince, wet stones and a touch of white peach. The wine is medium-bodied and seems to offer up loads of fruit, but in a zestier, slightly less dramatic style than its 2012 counterpart. It could be only a question of being a year younger.
 
201391-94 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Intensely brilliant and chiseled, the 2013 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard is shaping up to be a real gem. Lemon oil, almonds and white flowers meld into a core of intense minerality in this beautifully nuanced Chardonnay. The 2013 is a wine of precision and energy.
 
201293 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard shows notes of white peach and a touch of wet rocks in an elegant medium to full-bodied style with hints of poached pear, brioche and honeysuckle. There is good acidity and a natural exuberance to the wine. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
 
201294 PointsAntonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Fisher's 2012 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard is flat out gorgeous. Lightly honeyed aromatics meld into wild flowers, almonds and dried apricots, but it is really the wine's viscous texture that impresses above all else.
 
201192 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow-gold. Powerful, mineral-laced aromas of candied orchard and citrus fruits, with notes of honey, jasmine and fig emerging with aeration. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering energetic pear and nectarine flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Closes on a spicy note, with impressive length and lingering chalkiness.
 
201191-93 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard is quite a bit fresher and more vibrant than the 2010 tasted alongside it. Lemon, white flowers and pastry all come to life. Hints of white pepper and nectarine add elements of exoticism that are highly attractive, while saline notes add lift, brightness and focus. The 2011 hadn't quite finished its malolactic fermentation at the time of this tasting.
 
201091 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Intensely perfumed nose displays orchard fruits, nectarine, white flowers and iodine. Intense and tactile on entry, then taut and linear in the middle, with very good energy to its citrus fruit, melon and floral flavors. A powerful, palate-staining chardonnay that manages to come off as lithe and fat-free.
 
200992 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light yellow. Fresh pineapple and pear on the nose, with complicating notes of mace, chamomile and buttered toast. At once rich and energetic, offering lively tropical fruit flavors, with citrus zest and floral nuances picking up strength with air. Juicy and spicy on the finish, which clings with very good tenacity. I'd let this rest for another year or so but it looks very promising.
 
200993 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Chardonnay Mountain Estate possesses striking textural richness and depth. It fleshes out beautifully on the mid-palate, with generous fruit and beautifully delineated aromatics. A long, caressing finish rounds things out nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
 
200892 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Chardonnay Mountain Estate shows off plenty of varietal character and nuance to match its rich, textured personality. Hints of butter, spices and minerals wrap around the attractive, voluptuous finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.
 
200891 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright gold. Complex scents of poached pear, guava and tangerine, complicated by sweet butter, toasted nuts and a hint of jasmine. Rich and fleshy on entry, offering gently sweet orchard and tropical fruit flavors, then brighter in the mid-palate, with zesty citrus notes adding vivacity to the more exotic fruit qualities. The buttery element returns on the finish, which leaves smoke and baking spice notes behind. This could handle the richest seafood or poultry dishes with ease.
 
200791 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright greenish yellow. Ripe pear and peach on the nose, with hints of smoky lees and toasted grain adding complexity. Rich, marrowy orchard fruit flavors stain the palate, braced by zesty mineral and citrus qualities. Offers a suave blend of richness and vivacity and finishes with excellent clarity and mineral-driven persistence.
 
200790-92 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard displays fresh white currant, quince, nectarine, orange blossom, and white peach aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied with admirable fruit purity and good acidity, this fresh, lively, substantial Chardonnay is both powerful and elegant. Consume it over the next 3-4 years.
 
200690 PointsStephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow-gold. Leesy aromas of spices and citrus fruits; with aeration this smelled more like a pina colada. At once sweet and bright, with moderately thick stone fruit and citrus flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity and underlying stoniness. Finishes with very good breadth and length.
 
200590 - 91 PointsStephan Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Green-gold. Intensely spicy aromas of vibrant lemon and lime are given depth by hints of sweet butter and vanilla bean. Very stony on the palate, with citrus and green apple flavors braced by racy acidity. The impressively energetic finish features impressive focus and persistence.
 
200591-94 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
This estate has always accomplished impressive things with Chardonnay. Their newest offering is a Mountain Estate Vineyard Chardonnay fashioned from some of the newer Burgundian Dijon Clones along with California's Old Wente Clone. The 2005 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard (500 cases), which was put through partial malolactic, exhibits notes of white currants, juicy lemons, honeysuckle, and a hint of minerals. The wine is crisp, medium to full-bodied, and long in the finish. It is another example of just how compelling the 2005 vintage can be for the top Chardonnay producers.
 
200493 PointsJames Laube, The Wine Spectator
A big, bold, ripe style, with tiers of earth, pear, apple, and citrus shaded by light toasty oak. Despite its size, it manages to offer a measure of finesse, with creamy vanilla and hazelnut showing on the finish. Drink now through 2009. Tasted twice, with consistant notes. 527 cases made.
 
200392 PointsRobert Parker's Wine Advocate
Twenty-five percent of the outstanding, complex 2003 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard was put through malolactic. Produced primarily from the old Wente clone and small amounts of Dijon material, this Chardonnay reveals hints of litchi and hazelnuts, orange rinds, and subtle brioche. Impressive fruit on the attack and mid-palate, good underlying acidity, and a delicate touch of oak fill out the wine's personality. This brilliant effort should drink well for 3-4 years.
 
200394 PointsJames Laube, The Wine Spectator
Beautifully crafted, rich, opulent and deep, with layers of ripe pear, fig, apricot and melon, this tightly focused young wine benefits from light oak nuances, which gave it a dash of hazelnut and spice. Long and complex finish, with tons of flavor. Drink now through 2008. 450 Cases made.