Winemaker Robert Brittan, a wine industry veteran with 45 harvests under his belt, has always had a passion for Chardonnay, a love affair that began in the 80’s when he made several vintages under his Britt Hill label with fruit from Carneros. In 2004, Robert decided to leave Stags’ Leap Winery in Napa and start a Pinot Noir project in the cool climate of the North Willamette Valley.
This 2017 Chardonnay is the second vintage sourced exclusively from the McMinnville AVA. Tension and textural complexity complement aromas of flint, delicate white flower, and white peach. The palate follows with hints of stone fruit (think apricot), lemon custard and a kiss of creamy oak.
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast Stunningly rich, yet perfectly balanced, this is a superb bottle in every respect. Pinpoint ripeness leads to lush and spicy fruit flavours of apple, pear and banana. There's a pleasing yeasty/bready note, along with lovely barrel toast (23% was new). The wine is smooth from start to finish, and just as good on days two and three, suggesting that it will cellar nicely. But why wait, it's quite possibly going to be your favourite Chardonnay of the year.
91 Points - James Suckling Some assertively toasty oak on the nose here with fruit that sits in the lemon and flinty grilled-pear zone. The palate has an impressively fresh, flavorful core of pears, and a gently spicy finish. Quite concentrated and ripe. Drink now.