2019 may stand out as one of the more exceptional vintages in recent memory. Cooler temperatures and stable weather for most of the growing season allowed for slow maturation of flavors without any heat events spiking sugar accumulation in the berries. Although 2019 also saw the devastating Kincade fire in Sonoma County, Pinot Noir and most Chardonnays in the county were harvested by then, so the smoke did not affect the grapes. Overall, look for wines with slightly lower alcohol, higher but integrated acids, and a depth of flavor that you would probably have to go back several vintages to find an equal.
“A wine readers should snatch up, the 2019 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast plays in the same area as the top single vineyard releases and is better than some of them. Offering classic California buttered orchard fruits, honeysuckle, green almonds, and lemon oil, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a bright, juicy texture, ample mid-palate concentration, and a great finish. It’s just a stunning bottle of California Chardonnay!”
– 97pts, Jeb Dunnuck