2015 Black Kite "Sierra Mar Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (Previously $50)

SKU #1399541 92 points Vinous

 (aged in 40% new French oak) Light bright yellow. Fresh melon, pear and Meyer lemon scents are complemented by suggestions of fennel, vanilla and honey. Silky and broad on the palate, showing good focus and lift to the juicy lemon curd, pear nectar and sweet butter flavors. A subtle touch of chamomile appears on the finish, which clings with strong tenacity and repeating citrus fruit and floral character. (JR)  (11/2017)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Effusively fruity and at the same time decidedly complex on the nose with layers of ripe apples and toast trimmed with a sweetening accent of crème brûlèe, this very deep and vigorous young Pinot is both big and beautifully balanced with a streak of enlivening acidity lending brightness and fine length. If, on the one hand it is immediate and outgoing, it is sufficiently firm on the other to encourage at least a few years of age, and we anticipate very good things ahead even if it is thoroughly delicious right now. *Two Stars*  (1/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Broad aromas of melon, warm nectarine, light lime and melted butter make for a creamy nose on this single-vineyard expression. There is a compelling tightness to the sip, where the acidic zing cuts through richer flavors of campfire-roasted lemon and prominent oak smoke. (MK)  (2/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Intriguing, offering pithy citrus, bubblegum and tangerine flavors, making for a mouthwatering, zesty glass. Drink now. (JL, Web Only-2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The austere structure and bright fruit that are the hallmarks of this high-altitude vineyard are on stunning display in our 2015 Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay. More mineral than in years past, this wine makes a compelling argument for why mountain grown Chardonnay is so coveted. The palate is bright, offering forward citrus, green apple, lemon oil and white blossom notes, gripped by wet stone and oyster shell, with a subtle oak impression reminiscent of bread dough. A bit tight upon release, the wine promises to evolve beautifully with another 6 months to 5 years in bottle."


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands