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Alta Maria Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley 2009

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SMOOTH: Melon, green apple, layered, bright

Region: USA » California » Santa Barbara


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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Editorial Reviews for Alta Maria Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
4.50 5

This is kind of subtle on the nose with aromas of almond, peach and orange slowly rising from the glass. It has a distinctly perfume quality with floral and aromatic wood tones. Very lavender. Rather focused in the mouth with lovely purity to the peach, apple and vaguely citrus flavors that are surrounded by soft wood tones. The texture is bright with a creamy, leesy edge that pops on the mid-palate but recedes as the wine regains tension on the back end and through the moderately long finish. This finish shows more peachy fruit and a slightly more aggressive, toasty oak profile, though it’s still a very harmonious wine. Damn, this is good. 93pts

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Snooth User: Kirsy
4.00 5

This wine is a keeper! yum!

Snooth User: VegasOenophile
5.00 5

Still one of my most favorite chardonnays. Luscious, balanced acid with a rich texture and creaminess on the palate. Well integrated oak and wonderful flavors. Sad there will be no 2010 or 2011. 95 pts. 9/2/12 at Rancho Ontiveros

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Source: We Speak Wine

The 2009 Chardonnay shows lovely balance in its bright citrus fruit and sweet spices. This is a relatively tight, focused style of Chardonnay that impresses for its energy, focus and overall sense of harmony. The fruit was sourced from the Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills vineyards. The wine was aged on its lees in roughly equal parts oak and steel, with 50% of malolactic fermentation. It is a terrific value in California Chardonnay. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014. No Chardonnay in California is richer or riper than this. It detonates on the palate with an explosion of pineapples, green apples, tangerines, apricots, honey, butterscotch and dusty cinnamon spices. Acidity is pretty and zesty. Would benefit from greater subtlety, but it sure is opulent. S.H. Pale yellow. Ripe citrus and orchard fruit aromas, with slow-building spiciness and a hint of honey. A deeply flavored midweight that offers juicy pear and tangerine flavors and a bit of back-end heat. Finishe...

SMOOTH: Melon, green apple, layered, bright


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