Bien Nacido Estate Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley 2018

Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
JD 92
W&S 91
12.6% ABV
Item # 338424

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750ml
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "[$45 list] The medium gold 2018 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Estate Santa Maria Valley offers a classy, Burgundian bouquet of spiced orchard fruits, white flowers, toasted hazelnuts, and honeysuckle. This carries to a medium-bodied, elegant Chardonnay with plenty of sweet fruit, a supple, elegant texture, and a great finish. (8/4/20)"

91 points Wine & Spirits: "[$45 list] This wine feels blunt at first pass, with a lactic presence and toffee’d oak notes. But it feels bright and weightless after a day open, the caramel and lemon-lime flavors working into a layered weave with crisp pear and citrus, and a tart, mouthwatering finish. 923 cases. (Oct 2020)"

Producer notes: "Hand harvested at night and whole cluster pressed. It was then barrel fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentations. Aging was sur lie for 16 months in French oak; 20% new. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Hailing from the historic W Block in Bien Nacido in 1973 on their own roots, this must be the most floral vintage of these vines in many years. Honeysuckle, fresh apple blossoms and chamomile blend into a more demure lemon oil and citrus peel palate. We think this wine will hit its peak in about 2028. Alcohol 12.6%."
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92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "[$45 list] The medium gold 2018 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Estate Santa Maria Valley offers a classy, Burgundian bouquet of spiced orchard fruits, white flowers, toasted hazelnuts, and honeysuckle. This carries to a medium-bodied, elegant Chardonnay with plenty of sweet fruit, a supple, elegant texture, and a great finish. (8/4/20)"

91 points Wine & Spirits: "[$45 list] This wine feels blunt at first pass, with a lactic presence and toffee’d oak notes. But it feels bright and weightless after a day open, the caramel and lemon-lime flavors working into a layered weave with crisp pear and citrus, and a tart, mouthwatering finish. 923 cases. (Oct 2020)"

Producer notes: "Hand harvested at night and whole cluster pressed. It was then barrel fermented with native yeast and malolactic fermentations. Aging was sur lie for 16 months in French oak; 20% new. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Hailing from the historic W Block in Bien Nacido in 1973 on their own roots, this must be the most floral vintage of these vines in many years. Honeysuckle, fresh apple blossoms and chamomile blend into a more demure lemon oil and citrus peel palate. We think this wine will hit its peak in about 2028. Alcohol 12.6%."
Product SKU 338424
Producer Bien Nacido Estate
Country United States
Region California
SubRegion Central Coast
Appellation Santa Maria Valley
Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2018
Size 750ml
Color White
ABV 12.6%
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