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2015 Black Kite Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay

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Removed from a professional wine storage facility

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

92Vinous / IWC

Fresh melon, pear and Meyer lemon scents... Silky and broad on the palate, showing good focus and lift to the juicy lemon curd, pear nectar and sweet butter flavors. A subtle touch of chamomile appears on the finish, which clings with strong tenacity and repeating citrus fruit and floral character.

91Wine Enthusiast

Broad aromas of melon, warm nectarine, light lime and melted butter make for a creamy nose on this single-vineyard expression.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a 12-mile long, narrow strip of an appellation wedged along the eastern hillsides of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Given its proximity to Big Sur and the Gabilan Mountain Range to the northeast, Santa Lucia a cool-climate wine growing district. Morning sun is often followed by maritime winds and fog in the afternoon, a weather pattern that prolongs the growing season and means long, gentle ripening of the grapes. Spanish missionaries planted vineyards in the district in the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that modern winemakers planted vineyards and began making high quality wine. The district received AVA status in 1991 and today there are 6,000 vineyard acres in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape planted, followed by Chardonnay and Riesling.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.