2015 Peake Ranch Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 88
Jeb Dunnuck: 97
California Grapevine: 89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
Price :


"Fruity and loaded with red peach and coconut flavors that turn creamy midpalate. Notes of ginger and dried mint show on the spicy finish. Drink now. 536 cases made.—K.M." (WS)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard has intense pink grapefruit and lemon curd notes with hints of cedar, allspice and orange blossoms, plus a waft of baking bread. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a racy line of acid cutting through the rich, satin-textured citrus flavors, finishing on a savory note." (WA)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard is powerful and intense, but it suffers from elevated ripeness, pronounced alcohol and too much new oak, all of which obscure the personality of this Santa Maria site. This is in an especially blowsy style that seems ill-suited to the personality of the site." (VM)

"From cool site in the Santa Maria Valley and a barrel selection made in the cellar, the 2015 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard is a stunning, hedonistic, pedal-to-the-metal beauty that offers tons of stone fruits, buttered citrus, crushed rocks and honeysuckle aromas and flavors. Big, rich, layered and decadent, with a killer finish, it's a sensational Chardonnay that will compete with the best out there. Like the other cuvées, it’s made in tiny quantities and there’s just 326 cases out there.

I raved about these wines last year (the first vintage), and I’m thrilled to report that the latest releases are every bit as good. The Pinot Noir and Syrah comes from the John Sebastiano Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, and the Chardonnays from the Sierra Madre Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. The wines are made by Paul Lato, so the quality should surprise no one." (JD)

"6. 2015 Peake Ranch, “Sierra Madre Vineyard,” Santa Maria Valley ($50) – Medium-light golden yellow; earthy, green apple aroma with a note of charred oak and a hint of hazelnut; medium to medium-full body; tight, spicy, apple and ripe stone fruit flavors with oaky overtones and a slight creaminess in the mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. 14.3% alcohol; 326 cases; 100% Chardonnay; 100% BF; 100% ML; to be released February 2018. (Group Score: 16.1, 1/1/1; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], sixth place) True Ranking: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] [6]" (CGV)