J. Wilkes Chardonnay 2015 - Buster's Liquors & Wines
J. Wilkes Chardonnay 2015
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J. Wilkes Chardonnay 2015

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Category White Wine
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Region California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley
Brand J. Wilkes
Alcohol/vol 14.2%
Medium gold with excellent clarity in appearance. Aromas of orange blossoms wafting near toasting French oak staves, savory apple and lime zest, browned butter and brulee, clean ocean breeze, hints of tropical fruit (guava/pineapple), complex and surprisingly integrated for such a young Chardonnay. Apple crème brulee, lime zest and citrus blossom, rich with a flavor akin to pears poached in butter on the palate. Firm acid, quite dry, but supported by a good dollop of fruity and oak-toasted richness. Slightly leaner style than 2013, but with enough malolactic and oak treatment to leave no doubt this is a crafty and deliciously balanced Chardonnay. Food Pairing: Sole, halibut, seabass or any white fish poached, grilled or sautéed with a beurre-blanc sauce. Dungeness crab with garlic butter, diver scallop, Caesar salad or ripe avocado sliced thin with ponzu and a pinch of sea salt. Santa Barbara Channel Uni (urchin) so fresh it's still twitching on the plate. Carnitas tacos on fresh tortillas with tomatillo salsa and a slice of grilled pineapple.
Wine Spectator
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This has some honeyed notes and a creamy texture to the ripe apple and dried pear flavors. Tropical fruit accents fill the spicy finish, with good verve. Drink now through 2019. 1,506 cases made.

Kim Marcus, October 31, 2017
Wine Enthusiast
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White peach, sea salt, pecan, guava and the slightest hint of sour cream show on the nose of this bottling from the family that owns Bien Nacido Vineyard. It's light and delicate on the sip, with stone-fruit and tangerine-laced citrus flavors held up by a pithy structure and acid that rises toward the finish.

Matt Kettmann, October 1, 2017
Vinous
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The 2015 Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley) is soft, supple and open-knit. Peach, apricot, mint, honey and chamomile are all pushed forward in an attractive, succulent Chardonnay to drink now and over the next few years. Lightly tropical notes add character throughout.

Antonio Galloni, September 2017

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