The 2012 Chardonnay spends time in 29% new oak. It exhibits notes of orange marmalade, white peaches and pineapple, medium to full body, heady glycerin and a long, pure, well-balanced finish. It should drink well for 3-4 years.
One of the best of the entry-level wines in the range, the 2011 Merlot jumps from the glass with black fruit, mocha, grilled herbs and spices. This soft, voluptuous wine shows terrific balance and plenty of harmony, especially within its price range. Layers of fruit build to the creamy generous finish.
88 Points Wine Advocate
Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango, and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavors delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long, lingering finish.
Don't let this Chardonnay fool you. It's delicate, enticing aromas of citrus blossom and subtle vanilla may seem shy at first, but once you take your first sip, the vibrancy of it's multi-faceted personality shines through as zesty citrus, luscious white peach and juicy pineapple that fill your palate with mouth-watering layers of fruit. Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay is my family's attempt to capture the Santa Maria Valley in all it's classic lushness and elegance. Winery