Talbott Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
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|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands|
VinousLight bright gold. Fresh orange, nectarine and melon scents are complemented by floral and dusty mineral notes. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering poached pear and peach nectar flavors that pick up a subtle honeyed quality as the wine opens up. Lush and supple in style, delivering strong closing thrust and lingering hints of buttered toast and candied citrus zest.
Wine EnthusiastLightly toasted almond, melted butter, chalk and Meyer lemon scents are delicately woven together in this expressive yet restrained bottling. There is well dispersed acidic energy throughout the palate, where smoked lemon flavors lead into sea salt and white flower notes on the finish.
Wine SpectatorFresh and crunchy, with ripe nectarine, baked apple and lemon meringue flavors, supported by firm acidity. The spicy finish offers lemon curd and pastry notes. Drink now through 2022. 12,225 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, sourced from this 500-acre vineyard, spent 10 months in French oak of which 30% was new. It goes through 100% malolactic and there was a good bit of it made (12,000-plus cases). The wine, which tips the scales at 14.6% alcohol, shows loads of honeyed pear and brioche notes with tropical fruit and citrus blossom. The wine is a forward, lush, heady and delicious, clean Chardonnay with the oak only a subtle nuance. Drink it over the next several years.