(From 2008 Vintage)
90 Points, Wine Spectator:
"Fresh and vibrant, with a full-bodied mix of tangerine, nectarine, peach and pear flavors that are intense, complex, layered and cleansing. This holds on to its core fruitiness. Drink now through 2013. 34,050 cases made. –JL" (6/30/2010)
(From 2005 Vintage) "Aromas of exotic fruit, ripe peach, green apple, with a hint of vanilla and spice. This Starmont Chardonnay has a round impression on the palate, a slight richness from the sur lie barrel aging, and has a clean, silky finish." -Winery
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2005 Vintage) Very much keyed to fresh apples with mild oak spice and hints of mineral off to the side, this clean-as-can-be middle-weight wants for just a bit more concentration and depth to win higher award, but its brisk fruit and balance make it a pleasant partner to simply broiled fish all the same.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) A bit of toast and hints of earth and mineral lend a little extra range to the otherwise mildly apply themes of this reasonably weighty offering. If wanting for a keener sense of fruity focus, the wine does convey a positive impression of extract and may yet emerge as a more fully filled-out Chardonnay with a year or two of further age.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2003 Vintage) This clean but uninvolving wine is impossible to fault for error other than its obvious lack of fruity substance, and its essential smallness directs it accordingly to near-term service with lighter fish and chicken fare.
Wine Advocate(From 1996 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 114 on Dec-97
Wine Advocate(From 1998 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 126 on Jan-00