“This wine confirms my conviction that the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the best wine regions in California for Chardonnay.”
–Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile
We’re happy to see that the first review of our 2015 Santa Cruz Mountains (aka “Duet”) Chardonnay received a glowing review from “The Prince of Pinot”, Rusty Gaffney. 2015 marks only the 2nd time we’ve produced the Duet, which is a blend of Bald Mountain Vineyard and Split Rail Vineyard. In 2015, we harvested a little earlier and cut back on the new oak, which led to a leaner style of wine, more reminiscent of White Burgundy.
Here’s what Rusty had to say:
“Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Enticing aromas of lemon, hazelnut, bread dough and yeast. Sleek and mouthwatering on the palate, with flavors of citrus, honey, poached pear, caramel and brioche. Beautifully composed in a bright and lip-smacking style, that finishes with good cut and plenty of citrus goodness. This wine confirms my conviction that the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the best wine regions in California for Chardonnay. Score: 93″