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  • Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay 2020

    £38.99

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  • Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2019

    £29.49

    “The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (containing just 1% Sémillon) offers up invigorating scents of fresh grapefruit, yuzu zest and green apples with wafts of lime blossoms and paraffin wax. Medium-bodied, the palate is clean and racy, featuring straightforward citrus and apple flavors with a zippy finish. Drink: 2020-2022. 89 points”

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (11/20)

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  • DuMOL Estate Chardonnay 2016

    £79.99

    “The 2016 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard is rich and creamy, with a hint of reduction that adds an intriguing upper register of freshness. Orchard fruit, mint, white pepper and chalk are nicely woven throughout. The Estate is a wonderfully complete Chardonnay from DuMol that will drink well for many years to come. Drinking window: 2019-2026. 95 points

    Andy Smith and his team turned out a brilliant set of wines in 2017. The harvest was especially condensed, with most days seeing heavy picks of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay pretty much concurrently. Smith told me the DuMOL parcels were affected by a high incidence of shot berries, which naturally lowered yields. Small berries, often with no seeds, further resulted in a collection of dense wines. Smith told me low alcohol conversions resulted in wines with a bit lower alcohol than is typical. That is fascinating, as the wines are quite rich in feel. The bottled 2016s are just as compelling from bottle as they were last year from barrel.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/19)

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  • DuMOL Ritchie Vineyard Chloe Chardonnay 2017

    £74.99

    “The 2017 Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie Vineyard is beautifully floral and perfumed, with soaring aromatics and racy, layered fruit. There is plenty of depth, but in this range, the Ritchie stands out for its lifted, gracious feel and exceptional balance. Drinking window: 2020-2027. 95 points

    Over the years, I have learned to allow for plenty of time for my tastings at DuMol. I was super-impressed with the wines I tasted on my last visit. Andy Smith continues to grow the range thoughtfully. The Chardonnays and Pinots remain the strong suits, mostly because they form the core of the range and have really been fine tuned over time. The 2017 Chardonnays have turned out just as well as I had hoped they would. The wines are rich, deep and full of character. Today, I favor the 2017s over the 2018s, which come across as lighter. Then again, the Chardonnays see pretty long élevage (by California standards) of 11 months in oak and 6 months in steel (for the vineyard designates) so there is plenty of time for the 2018s to perhaps gain a bit more dimension. The two vintages appear closer in quality for Pinot Noir. Smith opted to handle the 2018s very gently in the cellar, and did half the number of punchdowns than the norm. Both the 2017s and 2018s are vivid and super-expressive. I favor 2018 over 2017 for the Cabernets and Syrahs, as the longer and more benign growing season was clearly more favorable for both varieties.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • HDV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

    £62.49

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  • HDV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

    £69.99

    “The 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a very pretty wine. Gentle apricot, tangerine, spice, dried flowers and mint are all woven together. Although quite subtle, the 2016 has plenty of structure, it is just expressed in an understated manner. There is so much to admire in this pristine Chardonnay from Hyde De Villaine. Silky and polished, the 2016 will drink well upon release. Drinking window: 2018-2024. 92 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/18)

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  • Littorai B.A. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

    £89.99

    “The 2019 Chardonnay Thieriot Vineyard stands apart from the other Chardonnays in this range for its bright, crystalline personality. Crushed rocks, white pepper, slate, pear and lemon peel all grace this absolutely exquisite Chardonnay from Littorai. There is a feeling of transparency here that is so utterly beguiling. Drinking window: 2022-2031. 96 points

    Ted Lemon describes 2019 as year with a good deal of rain early on and average crop levels. Harvest began on September 3, moderately early, but more or less in line with historical norms, and wrapped up on October 8. I thought the Anderson Valley Pinots were especially fine this year, but all the Pinots are marked by energy and the purity of flavor that is such a house signature. A recent bottle of the 2017 Wendling Pinot Noir reminded me of how these wines really blossom with a bit of time in bottle. Lastly, the 2019 Chardonnays are also absolutely brilliant across the board, another reminder of just how strong the vintage has turned out to be for Chardonnay.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • Littorai Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

    £99.95

    “The 2019 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard shows the textural pliancy typical of this site, while also retaining terrific freshness and verve, with fewer of the tropical overtones that are often found in Heintz Chardonnays. All the elements are so impeccably balanced. Drinking window: 2021-2029. 94 points

    Ted Lemon describes 2019 as year with a good deal of rain early on and average crop levels. Harvest began on September 3, moderately early, but more or less in line with historical norms, and wrapped up on October 8. I thought the Anderson Valley Pinots were especially fine this year, but all the Pinots are marked by energy and the purity of flavor that is such a house signature. A recent bottle of the 2017 Wendling Pinot Noir reminded me of how these wines really blossom with a bit of time in bottle. Lastly, the 2019 Chardonnays are also absolutely brilliant across the board, another reminder of just how strong the vintage has turned out to be for Chardonnay.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • Lucia Chardonnay 2019

    £47.99

    “The Pisoni family has long been synonymous with the Santa Lucia Highlands, and its wines and their farming roots here go back to 1952, when Gary Pisoni’s parents established their vegetable farm in Gonzalez. Gary took the initiative to plant vines in 1982, and the rest is well-known history to Pinot Noir fans. His sons are now fully in charge, with Mark watching over the family’s meticulously maintained vineyards and extensive vegetable plantings and Jeff making the wines at their facility up in Santa Rosa. The Lucia wines have long been ensconced in the upper quality tier of this region’s Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, and the 2018s extend that streak. There’s some new oak showing right now, unsurprisingly, but the wines’ intense fruit shines through clearly. While they display somewhat more restrained personalities than their 2017 siblings, these are definitely full-flavored, concentrated wines that beg for patience.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/20)

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  • Lucia Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

    £57.99

    “Bright straw-yellow. A highly complex, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh citrus and orchard fruits, toasted brioche and white flowers, and a hint of oyster shell emerges with air. Shows excellent depth and delineation, offering vibrant tangerine, pear, sweet butter and anise flavors that firm up slowly on the back half. Powerful yet graceful in character, displaying superb detail and thrust on a strikingly long finish that features lingering floral and mineral notes. Drinking window: 2020-2026. 94 points

    Jeff and Mark Pisoni described the 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands growing season as “completely uneventful, and that’s a great thing,” according to Mark. The Pisoni name is inextricably linked to the fame of the region for the family’s grape-growing excellence (Mark covers that, and their legendary father, Gary, is still involved), and Jeff’s winemaking successes have brought even greater recognition for their work in recent years. Those who follow the Lucia wines, which are sourced entirely from estate-grown fruit, are going to love these 2016s, which are balanced to age but also show abundant, up-front fruit and suppleness that make them awfully easy to drink even now. Incidentally, the Pisonis’ high-altitude Susan’s Hill vineyard, which was planted to Syrah in 1982, is producing an exceptional wine, and I count this 2016 version as among the best New World renditions of the variety that I have tasted this year.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/18)

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  • Radio-Coteau Savoy Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

    £55.99

    “The 2017 Chardonnay Savoy is rich, dense and super-expressive. Lemon confit, sweet spice and tropical overtones give the 2017 a bit more body, resonance and raciness than is often the case. All of that makes the 2017 a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Drinking window: 2020-2027. 93 points

    My tasting at Radio-Coteau with Eric Sussman and Davida Ebner was among the highlights of my January trip to Sonoma. Often when producers make a wide range of wines, there are different levels of success throughout the range. Very few wineries excel at seemingly everything. Radio-Coteau is among them. Every wine is just spot-on. As always, the approach centers around sourcing fruit from a handful of top sustainably-farmed sites and working with minimal intervention in the cellar. That means indigenous fermentations, no SO2 until after malolactic fermentation and no racking until bottling. Eric Sussman told me he used a little less whole cluster in 2018 than 2017 because the stems were not quite as ripe and he did not want to push the stem character too much. In tasting, the 2018s have the signatures of a long cool growing season with no shocks, the most important being striking aromatic intensity and perfectly ripe tannins. The bottled 2017s turned out as I had expected and are among the most compelling wines of that year.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • Williams Selyem Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

    £99.99

    “The 2017 Chardonnay Drake Estate Vineyard offers scents of quince peel, green apple, cheese rind and baker’s yeast, opening to notes of dried chamomile, toast and almonds. It’s light to medium-bodied and lively in the mouth with creamy/nutty touches, tangy acidity and a long, almond-tinged finish. 352 cases produced. Drink: 2020-2026. 91 points

    California lost one of its great wine pioneers with the passing of Burt Williams in December 2019. The first commercial vintage of Williams Selyem was in 1981, and all these years later, it remains a benchmark for Pinot Noir in California. Williams influenced countless winemakers and was integral in shaping the wine landscape in California that we are fortunate to inherit today. We raise our glasses in your honor.”

    Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (12/19)

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