92 points Wine Spectator
"Contoured and richly spiced, with dried sage hints to the green apple, ripe citrus and pear flavors. Flinty accents show mid palate, revealing sea salt and minerally notes on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2025."
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2017 Chardonnay Los Carneros features lemon tart, baked apples and spice cake notes with hints of cashews, powdered ginger and lightly buttered toast. Medium-bodied, the palate is understated and savory, with loads of nutty suggestions on the finish."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Winery: Our Los Carneros Chardonnay displays great fruit freshness, intensity and elegance. This wines focus is primarily on aromatics, and our winemaking techniques are intended to retain the characteristic Carneros aromas of lemon-citrus and white blossom, while enhancing the minerality and bright, vibrant fruit flavors of citrus and stone fruits in the wine. Vinification: The grapes were hand-harvested at night and brought to the winery immediately afterwards, where they were whole cluster pressed; using a slow champagne cycle that gently pushes the must, rendering clean juice but hardly any solids or unwanted phenolic compounds. 50% of the juice was placed in mostly French oak barrels and 50% in stainless steel tanks, where they underwent alcoholic fermentation, both with selected and native yeasts. After primary fermentation, 50% of the lots went through malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees for nine months, with weekly bâtonnage (lees stirring) for about 3 months, to add complexity and enhance mouthfeel. The wines were racked once prior to bottling.