Notes on the Silver Unoaked Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2006 : CALIFORNIA GRAPEVINE REVIEW: 91 POINTS First PlaceMedium-light golden yellow color; attractive, youthful, floral, pear and honeydew melon aroma with notes of citrus, mineral, and honeysuckle; medium-full body; crisp, lemony, green apple and tropical fruit flavors; lingering aftertaste. Shows intense varietal fruit. Bottled with a screw cap and is very appealing to drink now. Very highly recommended. 14.2% alcohol; 20,000 cases; 0% barrel fermented (BF); 0% malolactic fermentation. California Grapevine June-July read more...2007WINE ENTHUSIAST REVIEW: 92 POINTS Probably the most expensive Unoaked Chard out there, this is a stunning wine, showing the laserlike purity and bright acids that this northwestern part of the Highlands coaxes from the grapes. The brilliantly illuminated flavors range from limes and kiwis to green apples, peaches and guavas. The finish is dry, but with a honeyed unctuousness that could be a touch of botrytis. S.H.NVWE NOTES: The aromas of this delightful wine are at once fresh, ripe, structured and clearly from the Santa Lucia Highlands. They are a complex mix of green apple, white peach and mineral scents, with hints of mango, Meyer lemon and clove. The wine is very plush on the palate and cuttingly zesty, with mineral-laced flavors of white peach and apple. It is a delicious sipper, but should be even better with summers spicy grilled chicken and fish dishes.SILVER UNOAKED SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS CHARDONNAY 2006 (hide)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesBy Mer Soleil. One of the things wrong with unoaked Chardon-nays in the past has been the tendency to draw them from the least successful parts of the vineyard and to put them out young in order to take advantage of their freshness. But freshness is not an adequate substitute for depth of character, and even here in a wine of tremendous ambition, with the grapes chosen from a very good vineyard, the wine has come up with more vitality than with true depth and honest to goodness range. Instead it ...
International Wine CellarGreen-gold. Melon and peach on the nose, with exotic baking spice overtones. Plump pit fruit and melon flavors are braced by firm acidity and a lemon/lime zest quality. Finishes dry, with a dusty citrus character and strong quinine bite. Schizophrenic but tasty wine and a good call for spicy fusion cuisine.