Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

$84.95

New Sonoma Coast releases from Pahlmeyer - limited. 94 Points Antonio Galloni:  "The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard is rich, powerful and intense. Once again, this is one of the most distinctive Chardonnays being made in California. Candied lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper are all fused together in this deeply expressive, phenolic Chardonnay that captures all the best attributes of this site on the Sonoma Coast." Cleo Pahlmeyer, daughter of Napa Valley's Jayson Pahlmeyer, came up with the idea of produce a stand-alone brand from the Wayfarer Vineyard on the Sonoma coast in 2012.  According to the St. Helena Star, "then-Pahlmeyer winemaker Helen Turley had called the property the destined 'La Tache of California,' referring to the blessed grand cru in Burgundy."  Pahlmeyer teamed up with winemaker Bibiana González Rave, formerly of Lynmar, on this project. The Star: "Indeed, the 2013 Wayfarer Vineyard Chardonnay has well-integrated oak nuances, with toastiness on the nose that expresses itself more as a complex, rich mouth feel on the palate. Pahlmeyer explained that the medium toast of the barrels used is key to maintaining balanced flavor; a heavier toast is not desired. The 2012 Wayfarer chardonnay ages in 65 percent new French oak

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Ratings on Delectable

Jordan Wardlaw Delectable Pro

Gorgeous Chardonnay of superb finesse and balance, carrying its weight effortlessly all through the palate and buoyed by just the right degree of acidity for the style. Citrus, jasmine, light baking spice and gentle minerality. There is both power and subtlety going on here, great display of dense fruit that is not the least bit heavy or ponderous. One of the best California Chardonnay tasted in recent memory.

Gorgeous Chardonnay of superb finesse and balance, carrying its weight effortlessly all through the palate and buoyed by just the right degree of acidity for the style. Citrus, jasmine, light baking spice and gentle minerality. There is both power and subtlety going on here, great display of dense fruit that is not the least bit heavy or ponderous. One of the best California Chardonnay tasted in recent memory.

9.3

Kimberly Anderson

Heady scents of Peach, almond and vanilla. Stone fruit, almond, wet stones. Citrus, and specifically grapefruit, on the finish. Not as over the top as a Pahlmeyer Chardonnay, but still really good!!

Heady scents of Peach, almond and vanilla. Stone fruit, almond, wet stones. Citrus, and specifically grapefruit, on the finish. Not as over the top as a Pahlmeyer Chardonnay, but still really good!!

9.2

Matt Sterr Delectable Pro

One of my faves !

One of my faves !

9.1

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