2015 Bien Nacido Chardonnay
Fess Parker has been working with fruit from this historically famous Pinot Noir & Chardonnay producing vineyard since 1990. Cool coastal breezes in the Santa Maria Valley make for an ideal growing climate. Fruit from Bien Nacido Vineyard produces award winning wines year after year.
This barrel fermented and sur lie aged Chardonnay offers a creamy, buttery, rich texture which is balanced by bright acidity and minerality, complimented by aromas of citrus, orange zest and golden apple. Best when served lightly chilled, this wine is smooth, luscious and eminently drinkable.
"This bottling from the historic vineyard boasts a balanced, smoky quality on the nose that pairs well with its sharper white flower and salted nut aromas. Its acidity and tongue-tingling texture on the palate is addictive, revealing ripe Gala apple flavors backed by lemon juice, sea salt, oak and wet stone notes." ~ Wine Enthusiast
"...expressive notes of ripe apricots, pink grapefruit and honeyed toast with touches of roasted almonds, orange blossoms and ginger. Medium-bodied, with a lovely creaminess to the texture, it delivers mouthfilling stone fruit and citrus layers with a lively backbone to lift the long, savory finish." ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"...a classic wine from this estate, as well as from the vineyard. Ripe, rounded, pure and pleasure-bent, with lots of apple, spice and hints of pineapple aromas and flavors, it’s already hard to resist. This cuvee spent 9 months in 40% new French oak." ~ Jeb Dunnuck
"...shows the more luscious side of the vintage. Apricot, peach, chamomile and wild flowers effortlessly fill out the wine's ample frame. Creamy and lush, the 2015 will be ready to drink upon release." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous