Sixto Frenchman Hills Chardonnay 2013
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Wound up and pure. Mountain forest floor, Asian pear, sushi rice and river rock. Wow, just wow! Great finesse, powerful presence that lingers and a finish that doesn’t fade away.
Wine Advocatethe 2013 Chardonnay Frenchman Hills Vineyard is absolutely smokin’ Chardonnay that needs to be tasted to be believed. From a high elevation site and tiny yields, it offers fresh, lively and juicy notes of orchard fruits, citrus blossom, mineral, crème and sappy green herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant, beautifully layered style on the palate. I’ve struggled with Chardonnay from Washington in the past, but this goes a long way in convincing me that there’s incredible potential for this variety in the state. I’d drink bottles over the coming 2-4 years, but wouldn’t be surprised to see this evolve nicely for longer either.
Wine SpectatorSupple and silky in texture, with refinement to the display of pear, honey, mineral and spice flavors, gliding harmoniously through a long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2021. 803 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastHalf-fermented in puncheon with the rest in concrete, this thoroughly enchanting wine offers aromas of cardamom and baking spices. The flavors are broad yet supple, rich yet restrained, displaying impeccable balance and a finish that glides.