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Fort Ross Vineyard

2016 Chardonnay Accolades


91 Points - Wine Advocate, Robert Parker
Notions of warm applesauce, poached pears and honey toast with a waft of lemon peel. The palate is medium-bodied with appealing freshness and plenty of spicy stone fruit and apple flavors, finishing on a honey-nut note.

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone
From a field selection planted to old Hyde and Wente clones, this white has soft rounded corners of caramel oak and vanilla bean. The complex, balanced richness is defined in tropical fruit accented by a brightness of tangerine and white peach.
 

91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Brilliance from Sonoma: It is a beauty. Clean, classic, and medium-bodied, with food acidity as well as notes of buttered orchard fruits and spice, it has plenty of fruit, good balance and a classic Chardonnay profile.

Exceptional - Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Very stylish citrusy, verbena, and faint tropical fruit aroma and hints of new French oak, but lighter toast than many. The acidity is bright and refreshing, and the wine structured to work with lighter seafood dishes. Will benefit from 2-3 more years in the bottle.

James Suckling

91 Points - James Suckling
A ripe array of melon and peach aromas and flavors, leading to a finish that's framed in attractive, toasty, and spicy oak. Drink now.

James Suckling

★★★★+ EXCELLENT​ Restaurant Wine
An elegant, supple, complex Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. It has refined aromas/flavors (pear, lemon, white peach, pineapple, lime, toast, spicy oak), excellent balance, and a very long, lingering finish. Very fine quality. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. Unfined, unfiltered. From heritage clones: Hyde field selection, Wente.