- June 2013
A quartet of stunning
Pinot Noir from the Golden State.
Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
2011 . . . . . 17.99
The winery sells this for $27. Our price on this gorgeous Chard
looks to be the lowest in the country!
91/100 - Our score.
For the second vintage in a row, Byron's premium Santa Maria Valley
bottling is stunning. It presents the best
of both the old and new schools of
California Chardonnay. You'll find
deliciously irresistible flavors of butterscotch,
vanilla, toasty oak and ripe tropical fruits along with
vibrant freshness and very well-balanced
acidity. This combination is VERY
difficult to pull off and we believe that
no one is doing it as well as Byron, at least not at this
Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2010 . . . . . 37.99
94/100 - Wine Advocate. "The 2010 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce is
wonderfully alive. Passion fruit, butter,
pastry, smoke and almonds burst from the
glass in this voluptuous, beautifully layered Chardonnay. All
the elements are in perfect
balance. This is a great example of luscious Russian River
Chardonnay at its best. Anticipated
maturity: 2013-2018." (California)
Central Coast Pinot Noir
2012 . . . . . 15.79
90+/100 - Our score.
We tasted this Pinot Noir a mere two weeks after bottling and it was
already showing a beautifully well-fruited
nose along with a wonderfully refined
palate with bright flavors of strawberry
and spiced berry. Andrew Jones sourced the
fruit for this 400 case cuvee from Santa
Maria Valley’s Agro-Jalisco Vineyard and Edna Valley’s Spanish
Springs Vineyard. Hands down it
is the most fantastic Pinot Noir you will find for $15.79 a
bottle. Kudos to Andrew. This is a wine to
load up on! (California)
Santa Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir
2010 . . . . . 27.99
This, folks, is the real deal. A rich, well-crafted and perfectly
91+/100 - Our score.
92/100 - Wine Spectator.
91/100 - International Wine Cellar.
91/100 - Wine Advocate. "Melville's 2010 Pinot Noir Estate presents
an intriguing fabric of sweet candied
cherries, rose petals, mint and sweet
herbs. This is an especially juicy, yet medium-bodied
Pinot built on finesse and
elegance. The 2010 is simply gorgeous. Greg Brewer used
approximately 33% whole clusters here.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016." (California)
|Our Scoring Scale
96 -100 - Extraordinary
90 - 95 - Exceptional
85 - 89 - Above Average
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