Sonoma Loeb El Novillero Chardonnay 2015
Winemaker Notes :
Sonoma-Loeb has been fortunate to work with the legendary Sangiacomo Vineyard for more than a quarter century. El Novillero is a cool, windswept section of rocky benchland that has long been their favorite site at Sangiacomo for growing Chardonnay. At El Novillero, the low-yielding Robert Young Clone of Chardonnay ripens slowly, yielding dazzling wine with complex layers of tropical fruit and spice.
Wine EnthusiastSourced from the famed Sangiacomo Vineyard, this wine dazzles in juicy apple, peach and savory brine, bringing together and layering all the elements in complex harmony. Intense and slightly smoky, it remains balanced, with refreshing acidity that supports the blustery fruit.
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Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Chardonnay El Novillero Vineyard seems a little shy at this youthful stage, revealing delicate hints of guava, melons and apricots with hints of allspice and aniseed. The medium-bodied palate offers a gorgeous satiny texture with great freshness supporting the generous melon and savory/yeasty flavors, finishing with the spiciness coming through.