For fans of Sideways, this is really a treat. In the scene at The Hitching Post II, Maya was sharing a SB with Miles that spent 12 months on oak. This is the bad boy.
It's the third time I'm having this wine, and I enjoy it as much as I did the first two times. Except this time it was served to me blind.
I bought it for a friend who's a huge fan of Sideways some time ago and he showed up with a bottle in a bag.
The bouquet was generous with notes of nectarine and marzipan. On the palate, the acidity was high but amazingly balanced by the subtle oak and alcohol (14.1). MLF was deliberately avoided completely to retain freshness and acidity.
It had a lovely texture while light on its feet had a good grip. Classic European elegance but the aromatic nose has you doubting.
Reluctantly I called an Australian chardonnay, it most definitely wasn't Bourgogne.
While this wine doesn't represent any typicity of the varietal, nor its region in Santa Barbara, it's what you get when you combine incredible terroir with an adventurous, open minded and talented winemaker.
No doubt it's highly controversial. If you ordered a SB and you were served this, I'm pretty sure you'll be quite confused and possibly upset.
But if you have an open mind, and appreciate old world elegance, this is definitely a wine to try. It is so incredibly food friendly. The acidity that refreshes the palate and the weight for heavy dishes.
Not exactly well versed with dry Bordeaux whites, would love to hear from the community what you think.
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