2015 Fess Parker Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 92--Wine Enthusiast: 92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :


"Rich and well-sculpted, with plenty of acidity behind the green apple, ripe citrus and pear tart flavors. Melon and tropical fruit notes linger on the finish, showing plenty of spice. Drink now through 2022. 1,439 cases made.–KM " (WS)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard opens with lemon curd, white grapefruit and yuzu scents over suggestions of allspice, croissant and honeysuckle. The elegant, medium-bodied palate offers plenty of zesty citrus and spice layers, with a nice touch of silkiness and good length." (WA)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Ashley's is another dense, rich wine that expresses the natural intensity of the year. Today, the Ashley's offers striking texture, but less in the way of aromatic nuance. It will be interesting to see if some of that develops with more time in bottle. " (VM)

"Brought up in just under 40% new French oak, the 2015 Chardonnay Ashley's is a beautiful, classic Chardonnay that offers loads of pleasure, in a vintage that's all too often tart, bitter and charmless. Orchard fruits, buttered citrus and toasty/brioche-like nuances all emerge from this nicely textured Chardonnay that has bright acidity and a good finish.

I always love tasting through the Fess Parker lineup and these wines always possess texture and richness, yet have singular, balanced profiles that keep them interesting and enjoyable. The wines are made by Blaire Fox, and are good values in more than a few cases." (JD)

"Fresh aromas of salty lemon cream, wet slate and riverstones, as well as a touch of slightly sour yogurt, show on the nose of this bottling from the vineyard named after Fess Parker's daughter, who now runs much of the company. The lively palate combines squeezes of citrus with a creamy mouthfeel that offers hints of nuts and orangesicle. It's a very cohesive wine." (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.