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Fort Ross Vineyard

2012 Chardonnay Accolades

94 Points - Wine Advocate, Robert Parker
The 2012 Chardonnay comes from an old Hyde Vineyard clone of Chardonnay (80%) and 20% from the old Wente. Aged ten months in French oak, of which 10% was new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered, this is just a killer Chardonnay. A rather thick-looking light gold color is followed by loads of spring flowers, wet rocks, honeysuckle, almond paste and caramelized citrus with a touch of brioche and white peach. It’s beautifully textured, full-bodied, incredibly elegant and intense. This is a superb Sonoma Coast Chardonnay to drink over the next decade or more.

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Unctuous and ripe in caramel and toasty aromas, this is deep golden in color but completely crisp and balanced in the glass. The nose is so overwhelming that the flavors take time to show. Once they do, it’s a celebration of green apple and melon enveloped in complex minerality and a supple body. —V.B.

91 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide
Do not be concerned about the slightly hazy appearance of this deep and wonderfully well-filled Chardonnay for there is absolutely nothing amiss here. From its rich, mildly creamy aromas of ripe apples and pears to its like-minded, very long-lasting flavors, it is as clean as it is juicy, and generous fruit abounds at every turn.

90 Points - Wine Spectator
Seductively smoky, toasty oak meets rich, full-bodied pear, apple, honeydew and nectarine flavors. The finish is juicy and spicy, with a green fig aftertaste that lingers. Drink now through 2019. –JL