2014 Fess Parker Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :

"Always one of my favorite whites from Fess Parker, the 2014 Chardonnay Ashley’s Vineyard is primarily from the Rancho Las Hermanas Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills (all sandy soils) and is barrel-fermented and aged nine months in 30% new French oak. Ripe peach orchard fruits and tons of salty minerality emerge from this fleshy, textured, medium-bodied Chardonnay that has a great mix of richness and freshness. Drink over the coming 2-4 years." (WA)

"The 2014 Chardonnay Ashley's is laced with lemon confit, jasmine, mint, sweet spice and lightly buttered notes, all of which are nicely woven together. Mid-weight, precise and nuanced, the Ashley's is very nicely done. This is an especially restrained, classy style for the Sta. Rita Hills." (VM)

"Light aromas of beeswax, crushed chalk and scratch lemon skins emerge steadily on the nose of this single vineyard bottling, which carries lots of life and would thrive in a cellar. The chalky texture of the palate frames red apple, yellow pear, lime rind and sea salt flavors, with lots of acidic sizzle." (WE)

Winery Notes:
This Chardonnay has a concentrated nose with aromas of lemon, mineral, vanilla, toast and golden delicious apples. Rich and luscious showing flavors of citrus, pear, apple fruits and a slight oak toast this chardonnay is bound together by mouth-watering acidity and mineral finish. Enjoy with Poached Salmon, Meyer Lemon Risotto or Chicken Cordon Bleu.