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Chardonnay ups the ante

July 6, 2017

Rich Cook reviews the 2014 Chardonnay at WineReviewOnline:

95 points

You may have seen earlier reviews in which I was blathering on and on about the legacy of quality at Smith-Madrone, and there won’t be any cessation of the proceedings when it comes to this wine.  In fact, I’d say they’ve upped the ante with this vintage.  Winemaker Charles Smith increased the lees stirring significantly, and it shows.  He notes that the mountain grown fruit is up to handling more new oak (100% new in 2014) and the stirring seems to bring out more fruit and spice character while retaining a bright elegance, delivering aromas and flavors of apple, lemon crème and spiced pear with a light touch of nut character.  The racy acidity really blows out the finish and keeps your mouth watering for more.  Thirsty yet?  Get some to age as well — this is going to go long.
July 4, 2017


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