2016 Beauregard "Bald Mountain Vineyard" Ben Lomond Mountain Chardonnay

SKU #1364081 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chardonnay Bald Mountain Vineyard is superb, wafting from the glass with notes of green orchard fruits, honeycomb and frangipane. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, elegantly glossy and concentrated, with lovely depth and purity, a racy line of mouthwatering acidity and a long, lingering finish. Matured in French oak (25% new), this is a terrific Chardonnay from Ryan Beauregard. (WK)  (5/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Strong aromas of flint and crushed chalk meet with hints of hazelnut and preserved lemons on the nose of this extremely coastal bottling. There is a tremendous tightness to the palate, where a grippy texture presents racy flavors of lemon, grapefruit rind, nectarine and sea salt on the finish. (MK)  (8/2018)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Tart apples, truffle, brioche, and toasted nut notes all emerge from the 2016 Chardonnay Bald Mountain, which is medium-bodied, concentrated, and racy on the palate. I love its density, it opens up nicely with time in the glass, and it has a great finish. There's some Old World charm here, and acid lovers will dig this even more than me. It's going to age for 10-15+ years.  (2/2019)


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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.1