Diatom Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 750ml - The Grape Tray
Diatom Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 750ml
SKU: 2784

Diatom Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

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750ml
$23.99
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Category White Wine
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Region California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara
Brand Diatom
Alcohol/vol 14.5%

Winemaker Notes :

Diatom Bar-M Vineyard is sourced from the stunning contiguous blocks of clone 76 Chardonnay planted over 20 years ago in the Los Alamos region of Santa Barbara County.

Los Alamos is a magnificent and relatively unknown region whose sandy loam soil lends itself to fruit with a bit more flesh and weight - perfectly suited to the diatom model. 

Like a pent up wave just about to break, rich and luxurious fruit harnessed in by bracing acidity and precision. Lemon, citrus blossom, and wet sand on the nose. Precise and balanced textures. Impeccably clean, focused and transportive to the maritime landscape from which the wine emerges. Saline, white peach flavors.

Wine Advocate
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The 2018 Chardonnay Bar-M has an open nose of quince, warm hay, green apple and pear, baker’s yeast, acacia and dried chamomile with white peach and nectarine plus hints of lime peel and crushed stone. Light to medium-bodied, it has a wonderful core of spicy fruit and wicked minerality in the mouth, amplified by juicy freshness and a long, energetic, layered finish. Yum!

Erin Brooks, September 2019
Vinous
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From a site in Los Alamos, the 2017 Chardonnay Bar M is perfumed, lifted and wonderfully gracious in feel. Citrus and floral notes abound in a very pretty, expressive Chardonnay that shows the aromatic style that is so common here. White flowers, mint and saline overtones add closing layers to this pretty and inviting Chardonnay from Greg Brewer's Diatom label.

Antonio Galloni, September 2019
Jeb Dunnuck
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From a vintage described as epic from Greg, the 2018 Chardonnay Bar-M comes from a vineyard just off Highway 101 and vines planted in 1996. It offers Chablis-like lemon notes as well as hints of tropical fruits, a medium-bodied, rounded, textured style on the palate, beautiful fruit, and a clean finish.

October 2019
Wine Enthusiast
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From a vineyard in the Los Alamos Valley, this bottling by Greg Brewer begins with fresh aromas of passion fruit, citron, lime leaf and wet cement. The palate is tightly wound with slightly sour tones of guava peel, presenting a very fresh, no-oak style that still has plenty of character.

Matt Kettmann, July 2019
Wine Spectator
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Sleek, offering hints of tropical fruits to the lithe white fruit and citrus flavors. The spicy finish is rich and juicy, showing savory accents. Drink now through 2023.

Kim Marcus, December 15, 2019