2010 Gainey Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills

Year: 2010
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 87
Connoisseurs' Guide: 86
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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"The 2010 Chardonnay shows the richer, tropical fruit side of Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay in its voluptuous notes of mango, butter, sweet spices and lychee. This soft, impeccable wine boasts superb balance and tons of class. Even better, it is a fabulous wine for the money. The Chardonnay was fermented 60% in steel and 40% in oak, then spent eleven months in French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.

These two wines from Gainey Vineyard deliver solid quality and value." (WA)

"Light yellow-gold. Aromas of pineapple, melon and honey, with a hint of butterscotch. Supple, somewhat loose-knit melon and tropical fruit flavors coat the palate and show a touch of back-end warmth. In an old-school California style, showing distinct richness and some heat on the finish." (IWC)

"Reminiscent of its mate above but clearly less toasty/oaky than that wine, this one favors its citrusy side with hints of green herb and pineapple more evident here. It too is medium-full in body with an energetic cast to its fruit and palatal impressions. Its high finishing acidity suggests that it will find a happy home alongside a range of grilled fish and shellfish. Reviewed: January 2013" (CG)

"This shows an evident layer of oak in the form of buttered toast and vanilla notes, but the underlying wine is strong in pineapple and golden mango flavors. Fine coastal acidity and a hint of mineral provide structural balance. — S.H. (12/31/2012) " (WE)