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Poppy Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 Product #30882 (In Stock)
Poppy Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 Poppy Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

A young winery - founded in 2003 - with a pretty simple mission:  Make wine folks will enjoy!  And that's what this fun, fruit-filled, and lightly oaked Chardonnay does very well.  It's all from Poppy's vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, first planted in 1972.  Warm sunshine got the grapes fully ripe and bursting with flavor.  Cool nights kept the acids fresh and held the alcohol down to a nicely balanced 13.5%.  About 30% of the wine was done in stainless steel - for fresh, bright fruit - and the rest with oak for creamy richness and complexity.

The 2014 is even better than the 90 point 2013.  You'll find plenty of richness here, with good dollops of grilled pineapple, ripe pear, golden apple, buttery oak and a round, creamy, texture. Turns more crisp in the mouth with apple and bright pear fruit and notes of green apple and butter lingering nicely.  A great party Chard for casual sipping and pretty darn versatile at table, too!

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Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2015 Product #31659 (In Stock)
Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2015 Bishops Peak Chardonnay Central Coast 2015

Back when the 2010 Bishop's Peak Chardonnay released at $15 per bottle, Wine Advocate said, "If there is a better California Chardonnay for the money, I would like to know about it," and Steve Tanzer's IWC said, "This delivers serious bang for the buck."  The only thing that's changed over the years is that the wine has gotten even better and - at least hear - not a $1 more expensive to you.

In 2015, 100% of the ripe Chardonnay fruit comes from Oliver's Vineyard in the Edna Valley - plenty sunny enough to get ripe flavors but so chilled by Pacific Ocean breezes that the wine finishes at 13.4% abv.  About half the wine ferments and ages in old (flavorless) French oak barrels - that gives the wine complexity and roundness.  And half is done in stainless steel tanks for maximum fruit and freshness.  Once blended, it's 100% delicious in a "Wow! - That's amazing!" kind of way.

"Meyer lemon, quince, white flowers and smoky minerals on the lively, incisive nose. Nervy citrus and orchard fruit flavors show very good clarity and a complementary subtle honeysuckle quality. Juicy and precise on the clinging finish, which strongly echoes the mineral and floral notes."  Vinous (Raynolds) 90 points

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Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2013 Product #30586 (In Stock)
Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2013 Varner Chardonnay Foxglove 2013

As always, an amazing amount of pure, no-oak, Chardonnnay for the money.

"The 2013 Chardonnay is a fabulous wine for the money. Lemon oil, white flowers and white pepper are all laced together in an impeccably balanced, layered Chardonnay long on class and personality. The 2013 is a blend of fruit from vineyards in Santa Barbara County and Paso Robles, done entirely in steel, with no malolactic fermentation. It is also one of the very best values in California Chardonnay readers will come across."   Vinous (Galloni) 89 points

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Fossil Point Pinot Noir Edna Valley 2014 Product #30943 (In Stock)
Fossil Point Pinot Noir Edna Valley 2014 Fossil Point Pinot Noir Edna Valley 2014

Fossil Point is named for the rugged headland in San Luis Obispo County which features sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Central Coast. These cool coastal vineyards are perfect for Pinot Noir, allowing plenty of ripeness while retaining freshness and fine acidity.

The 2014 edition is simply superb, about as fine a California Pinot Noir value as we've seen in years.  Loads of sweet, ripe, red and black fruit on the nose and palate with a kick of smoke and sweet spice from 14 months in French oak.  A blood orange note comes out with air, lending freshness to match the classic California richness before the sweet spice and dark fruit come up on the long, pure, finish.  Really, really, good stuff.

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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2015 Product #31154 (In Stock)
Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2015 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2015

The small but very nice 2015 vintage gave us ripe but nicely fresh Pinot's from this part of California, and this is a great example.  Pretty plum and wild strawberry aromas add notes of spice and chocolate with air.  The aromas carry over to the nicely rich but still elegant Pinot that finishes silky and smooth.  Will take a light chill if you like and very fine value.

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Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2014 Product #31575 (In Stock)
Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2014 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2014

Super bold and rich this vintage but still with elegance and focus to spare.  Lovely value.

"Brilliant ruby-red. Highly fragrant, spice-accented aromas of red and dark berry preserves and floral pastilles; a hint of vanilla emerges with air. Expansive raspberry and cherry-cola flavors are energized and lifted by juicy acidity and a late jolt of white pepper. Packs a solid punch but comes off lithe, finishing with excellent focus, well-knit tannins and strong persistence."  Vinous (Galloni) 92 points

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