90 points Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine"…nicely ripened white melon fruit spreads out beneath this ample effort's mildly weedy, vaguely straw-like varietal veneer, and a bit of enriching oak appearance. On the palate, it is a somewhat fuller and richer rendition and stays in very comfortable balance all the way to a lengthy, well-focused finish....best suited to a service with flavorful fare such as poached salmon or chicken sauté in plenty of butter."
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91 points Wine EnthusiastLong cool fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels gives this Chardonnay layers of fruitness and complexity. It is very enjoyable when young or with a few years of aging.
92 points Tasting PanelCaramel vanilla pudding nose is lightened and lifted by lemon flowers. The flavor is dressed in creamy crème brulee that distinguishes itself with a frisky acidity and toasted rye bread finish. Winemaker Notes: Long, cool fermentation in a mixture of old and new barrels gives our Chardonnay layers of fruitiness and complexity that result in a wine that is very enjoyable when young or after several years of bottle age. This method of fermentation, in conjunction with whole cluster pressing and "sur lie" aging add layers of toastiness and creaminess to the wine. Together these components meld together harmoniously to create a balanced wine that is both lively and rich in aroma and flavor.
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90 points Wine & SpiritsLight straw hue. Lively aromas of Meyer lemon zest and lime blossom are underscored with hints of crisp Comice pear and crushed, coastal stones. The palate confirms the nose and is heightened by a driving minerality and vibrant acidity that carries through the lingering finish.
90 points Wine SpectatorExquisite aromas of Bosc pear, green mango, lemon zest and jasmine mingle with scents reminiscent of brioche, anise and dusty slate. White the expansive flavors echo the aromas, there is saline quality that gives a savory tone to the overall impression. The taught structure gives the sense of a lighter weight. As it breathes, the mouthfeel gains richness and texture, suggesting great things over the next ten or more years for those patient enough to lay some away in their cellar. (6X750ml)
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95 points The Wine Advocate"The 2015 Chardonnay Isobel Charles Heintz Vineyard offers a lovely yeasty/toasty nose with a butterscotch waft over a core of pink grapefruit, ripe apricots and warm apple slices. Medium-bodied and elegantly fruited on the palate, it has a satiny texture and great freshness, finishing long and yeasty. This Chardonnay was tasted as a tank sample, with about four weeks to go until bottling."
94 points Vinous / Antonio Galloni"As always, the 2014 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard is one of the most phenolic, powerful wines in the range. This high density site produces powerful Chardonnays largely because of less direct sunlight that hits the fruit. Savory herbs, graphite, lemon confit and baked apple are some of the signatures, but, above all else, the Estate is a wine of tension, explosive energy and pure breadth. Accordingly, it is best cellared for at least a few years."
92 points Wine Spectator"Combines ripeness, richness and structure, delivering a taut mix of flint, fig apricot, white peach and nectarine flavors, all shaded by toasty oak. Ends with a long, full, lingering finish. Drink now through 2021."