2018 Ashley's Chardonnay
"...is gorgeous. Bright, floral and lifted, the Ashley's shows the more restrained side of the Sta. Rita Hills. White flowers, mint, orchard fruit, candied lemon peel, marzipan and light tropical accents give the Ashley's unreal complexity and nuance. This mid-weight Chardonnay has so much going on. It is without question one of the finest wines I have tasted from Fess Parker." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
"Aromas of citrus peel, lime pith and crushed sea shell show on the tightly wound nose of this bottling. The palate is also quite taut, combining chalk and lime peel into a brisk expression, with boundless energy lurking just below the surface." ~ Wine Enthusiast
"At once spicy and bright, this chardonnay shows how well oak can complement the chill, crisp Sta. Rita Hills fruit character. The wine smells of lees and white flower petals, of caramel and lime pith, the net effect tense, citrusy, fulsome and layered." ~ Wine & Spirits
"...It has classic Sta. Rita Hills minerality and spice as well as notes of nectarines, spiced orchard fruits, salty minerality, and a kiss of iodine. Medium-bodied, elegant, and balanced on the palate, it should keep nicely for 4-5 years, if not longer." ~ Jeb Dunnuck
Named after Fess' daughter, Ashley, this chardonnay represents the best of the acclaimed Sta. Rita Hills growing region. The majority of the grapes come from a vineyard developed by the Parker family in 1996 situated only 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The hillside sites, sandy soils, persistent ocean breezes and fog make for a cold growing environment; the perfect scenario for Chardonnay & Pinot Noir.
This wine shows bright apple, pear and citrus fruit flavors complemented by attractive mineral notes with vanilla and toasty oak notes from French oak aging. Enjoy!