This 2014 Ashley's Vineyard Chardonnay is special, great balance, great acidity, excellent minerality with clear and precise flavor components. We noted tangerine and lemon zest mingled with pronounced apple and pear flavors. There is a hint of enticing nuttiness behind the fruit. Old world Chard!!
P.S. Ashley Vineyard Chards age incredibly. $29.50, 5% off 6, 10% off 12 (that is a deep price, the Ashley sells in the $40's
All the best, Rex & Michele
2014 Fess Parker Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills
Reviews: "The 2014 Chardonnay Ashley's is laced with lemon confit, jasmine, mint, sweet spice and lightly buttered notes, all of which are nicely woven together. Mid-weight, precise and nuanced, the Ashley's is very nicely done. This is an especially restrained, classy style for the Sta. Rita Hills." 93 points Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Always one of my favorite whites from Fess Parker, the 2014 Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard is primarily from the Rancho Las Hermanas Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills (all sandy soils) and is barrel-fermented and aged nine months in 30% new French oak. Ripe peach orchard fruits and tons of salty minerality emerge from this fleshy, textured, medium-bodied Chardonnay that has a great mix of richness and freshness. Drink over the coming 2-4 years. " 92 points The Wine Advocate
"Light aromas of beeswax, crushed chalk and scratch lemon skins emerge steadily on the nose of this single vineyard bottling, which carries lots of life and would thrive in a cellar. The chalky texture of the palate frames red apple, yellow pear, lime rind and sea salt flavors, with lots of acidic sizzle." 92 points Wine Enthusiast
"There's clean vibrancy to this chardonnay, grown on a sandy hillside 12 miles from the Pacific. Its juicy yellow-raspberry flavor is confidently ripe, yet tightens in the end on salty coastal acidity, pithy rather than fat. For salt cod croquettes." 91 points Wine & Spirits
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