2017 Peake Ranch Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard

Year: 2017
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Country: USA-California
Vinous Media: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 97
Wine Enthusiast: 94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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"The 2017 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard is a classy, polished wine made from two picks on the property. Dense, layered and impeccable in its balance, the 2017 offers tremendous richness, with hints of white flowers, mint, white pepper, citrus and orchard fruit that add brightness as well as nuance." (VM)

"Possibly the crème of the trio, the 2017 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard comes from a vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley and was fermented and aged 18 months in 50% new French oak. It offers a terrific bouquet of sautéed orchard fruits, grilled bread, crushed citrus, and toasted hazelnuts. Rich, medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully textured, it's another thrilling wine from this estate that should be snatched up by readers.

An up and coming estate readers need to check out is John and Gillian Wagner’s Peake Ranch. Located on the eastern/southern side of the Sta. Rita Hills, they produce a stunning array of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrahs. Prices haven’t caught up with quality, so these are still screaming values." (JD)

"Toasty aromas of sea-salt-dusted brioche, charred peach and a touch of butterscotch show on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. There is a great zing to the texture of the palate, where fresh lime-skin flavors cut through the rich buttered toast and apple-jam flavors. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)