2013AlfaroTroutCh2013 Alfaro Family Vineyards, Chardonnay, Trout Gulch Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains.
The Trout Gulch Vineyard sits above Aptos, very close to the ocean and is dry farmed, planted in 1980 it is one of the oldest plots in this area, and since coming under Richard Alfaro’s management it is now a brilliant source for dynamic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with a line of top young winemakers wanting the fruit including Arnot-Roberts plus others that wish not to be named. The Alfaro Trout Gulch Chardonnay, his only non Estate Chard, is a lively and lovely wine, especially this 2013 that has an extra sex appeal with hints of exotic tropical fruit, smooth texture and bright mineral tones, it was raised in neutral cask, no new wood, and displays classic Burgundy like lemon and hazelnut around a core of bosc pear, apple and white peach fruits and subtle brioche and chalky wet stones. There is a seductive earthy element and saline influence to go with the fresh acidity that adds contrast to the opulent and glycerin filled palate. This pretty straw/gold colored Chardonnay is pure class and pleasure, with air it develops a creamy sensation, but always stays focused with lingering white flowers, melon, peanut oil and pineapple. I had this in half bottle to celebrate #ChardonnayDay, it was a perfect choice, drink this over the next 3 to 5 years, and be sure to check all of the Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery wines!
($25 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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