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    Big Basin Coastview Chardonnay 2013

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    94pts Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    94pts & Editors' Choice Wine Enthusiast

    "Readers who can find the 2013 should not hesitate, as it is terrific." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous

    They only made 200 cases of this Big Basin Costview Chardonnay, and we grabbed some. Both Galloni's Vinous and Wine Enthusiast are singing its praises. It's ready to drink now. We're thinking a brunch of eggs Benedict with a lemon hollandaise. Poached salmon with that same hollandaise for dinner or lunch. Fried buttermilk chicken with roasted potatoes and honey glazed carrots too. That about wraps it up.

    Antonio Galloni's Vinous:  "One of the best wines in this range from Big Basin, the 2013 Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard is a real head-turner. Smoke, slate, dried pear and white flowers open up in an understated, crystalline Chardonnay long on class. A slight element of Burgundian-inflected reduction is present at this stage, but it is neither overpowering or dominant. The 2013 spent 11 months in barrel followed by 4 months in tank. Readers who can find the 2013 should not hesitate, as it is terrific. Drink 2015-2020." Jul 2015

    Wine Enthusiast: Designated Editors' Choice. "Light and a little cloudy in the glass, this is a delicious and deep wine from a vineyard in the eastern Salinas Valley, with lime blossoms, squeezed lemons, wet cement and salted white peach on the nose. The palate deftly pairs chalk, sour cream, and lime zest with dried white peach, sea salt and fresh churned butter." Apr 2016

    Winery:  "The wine possesses a strong varietal character on the nose with notes of crushed flowers, Meyer lemon & orange zest, pineapple guava and crushed rocks. On the palate, the fine-grained texture and beautiful body is balanced by a strong sense of minerality and vibrant acidity. Notes of flowers, citrus zest and crushed rocks echo the nose and lead to a long, unfolding finish with terrific length and complexity.

    2013 was our fourth vintage producing a Coastview Chardonnay and it was an exceptional one at that. A text book growing season allowed the vines on the North-facing terraces to ripen slowly and hang into the Fall without losing minerality and acidity. Reminiscent of a fine Meursault, the Chardonnay from this site expresses both a crushed rock minerality and beautiful texture that is the hallmark of the decomposed quartzite/granite and limestone soils of the vineyard."

    750ml, cork        
    Varietal Chardonnay
    Aging 13 months in French oak followed by 4 months in stainless steel tanks
    Region Monterey County, Central Coast, California
    Production Limited to 200 dozen