2015 Sixto "Frenchman Hills Vineyard" Columbia Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $38)

SKU #1419993 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Chardonnay Frenchman Hills offers a similar rich, ripe, sexy style, with a touch more minerality as well as toasted nut notions. Deep, rich, concentrated, and opulent, yet always with a fresh style, it's another ripe, toasty, rich Chardonnay to drink over the coming 2-3 years.  (4/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chardonnay Frenchman Hills Vineyard is very attractive, wafting from the glass with notes of buttered yellow orchard fruit, honeycomb, subtle spice and struck match. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, glossy and ample, with bright acids, lovely grip and tension and a chalky, flavorful finish. It's a very compelling Washington State Chardonnay. (WK)  (6/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Bright yellow-gold. Lively scents of peach, lemon and spices, with a touch of mineral pungency. Silky, fine-grained, seamless wine with a hint of salinity to its complex stone fruit, cyanic apricot pit and brown spice flavors. Lovely umami texture here in a rich but very dry wine. Finishes tactile and long, with a touch of youthful austerity. (From vines planted on broken basalt soil at nearly 1,700 feet.) (ST)  (10/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine—one of three vineyard-designated offerings from the winery—is all about nuance, with notes of flower, lees, cream, lemon curd and spice. The palate brings layers of elegant flavors that carry into the distance on the finish. (SS)  (10/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Plush and graceful, with expressive pear, wax and spice accents that take on weight toward the finish. Drink now through 2021. (TF, Web only-2018)


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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2019 | Send Email
Oaky-dokey, here's a big Chard for you. Coming out of Washington and sporting 90+ point scores from several outlets, the Frenchman Hills Chardonnay from Sixto has light citrus and honey drizzled over orchard fruits. However, the real stars are the pad of butter and big oak barrel scents. The palate has a full mouthfeel and a lot of richness. Oak spice, toast, and ample creaminess dominate, fading to a waxy honeycomb finish.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2019 | Send Email
Glossy, smooth, creamy Chardonnay with perfectly ripe stone fruits and tingling mineral underpinnings. This classy wine from K Vintners shows just how, in the right hands, Chardonnay can be both rich and restrained. Grown at 1,700ft on pure basalt volcanic soils this wine is very expressive and flavorful but not over-oaked and weights in at just 13.5% alc. Deeply discounted and decidedly delicious.

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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.
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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.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.