(Pisoni) Chardonnay "Soberanes Vineyard" 2017
(Santa Lucia Highlands, California) - [VM 95] [JD 94] [WA 93] [WE 92] [WS 92]
Regular price $75.00 Sale price $64.97 Save $10.03
Shimmering with a youthful brilliance in the glass, the 2017 Lucia Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay offers a lifted aromatics of lemon oil, orange blossom, and green apple on the finish. A product of the dense, rocky soils of this site, the wine is flinty and mineral-driven to its core. Its focused acidity bursts with energy as it dances on the palate. Each windswept grape cluster delivers immense concentration that is carefully extracted through gentle pressing. Minimal stirring of the lees over the course of a 15-month slumber in the cellar provides this chardonnay with a focused intensity. In the glass, this wine comes to life with a flawless balance of fruit, density and length, all of which combine to produce a delicate tension that will reward for many years to come.
Ratings & Reviews
95 Points - Vinous:
"Light shimmering gold. Fresh and energetic on the assertively perfumed nose, displaying fresh pear, nectarine and Meyer lemon scents accompanied by suave floral and chalky mineral flourishes. Silky and open-knit, offering densely packed yet shockingly lively citrus and orchard fruit, honeysuckle, candied ginger and saffron flavors that tighten up slowly with aeration. Shows outstanding delineation and finishes extremely long and seamless, showing bright mineral cut and lingering floral, iodine and pit fruit notes. These vines are still very young (planted in 2008) but the vineyard, at least based on my experiences with wines produced by a number of different winemakers, should be counted among California's elite, for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and possibly Syrah as well." - Josh Raynolds (Aug 2019)
"The 2017 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard is a small step up, with more depth of fruit and richness. Orange blossom, orchard fruits, white peach, and some toasty notes give way to a ripe, sexy, full-bodied effort that holds onto beautiful purity and elegance."
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2017 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard was aged for a year in barrel (about 40% new oak), then rested with the lees in stainless before bottling. Youthfully shy on the nose, it slowly gives up crushed stone, lime peel and white blossom scents with a core of kiwi and peachy fruit and toasty/popcorn notes in the background. Medium to full-bodied, it offers wonderfully intense, ripe, savory fruits in the mouth with honey, nutty and toasty accents, a strong mineral streak, lovely lip-smacking acidity and a long, energetic finish."
"This is filled with poached pear, fresh-cut apple and quince flavors that are bound together by fresh acidity. Dried savory and citrus accents show on the complex finish."
"An expertly reserved streak of hazelnut and thinly sliced lemon rinds meet with a waft of butter on the delicately delicious nose of this bottling by the Pisoni family. The palate is wrapped in a chalky tension, allowing flavors of clay, Meyer lemon and light buttercream to take hold."