Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Combines rich, lively fig, melon and apricot with smoky, toasty oak shadings, giving this a sense of harmony, finesse, depth and complexity without being weighty. Drink now through 2020. 1,900 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98The 2015 Chardonnay Belle Cote has a seriously savory/sweet nose of brioche, beeswax, salty ham and toasted nuts with a core of warm apricots, candied ginger and chalk dust. Medium-bodied, with exquisite harmony and depth, it delivers intense stone fruit and spice flavor layers with a very long, toasty finish. 1,869 cases were made.Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16Their first planted Chardonnay (small percentage of Wente) vineyard, in 1990. Faces east but on a plateau so quite rich soils. 1,700 ft (518 m) elevation. Some evening shade. Some rain just before flowering so poor set and not that great a yield. Wild yeast, no acid adjustment. Hint of popcorn.Author: Jancis Robinson
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 174 bottles owned
- 39 collectors