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COASTVIEW VINEYARD CHARDONNAY


2016

“The 2016 Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard is a big wine built on phenolics and savoriness rather than on overt fruit. There is a real sense of mountain structure running through the wine. Powerful and ample in feel, with superb freshness, the 2016 offers terrific nuance as well as complexity. I am usually not one to pay a huge amount of attention to numbers, but at 13.7% alcohol, the Coastview is a bit riper than most Chardonnays have been here in the past. And that approach works nicely.”
93 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

“The light gold-colored 2016 Coastview Chardonnay, from a site in Monterey County, spent 12 months in neutral barrels followed by 7 months in stainless steel. It has a smoking bouquet of lemon curd, toasted spices, white flowers, and honeyed pineapple, with just a hint of brioche and toastiness. It’s clean, vibrant, and pure, with a touch of Aubert-like aromas and flavors yet more focus and precision, although less oomph. Drink it over the coming decade.”
92 points- Jeb Dunnuck

“Lime skins, grapefruit, ash, lily, chives and dairy aromas make for a unique and dynamic entry to the nose of this bottling from a vineyard high in the mountains near Chalone. There’s a grainy tightness to the palate, where Meyer lemon pith, almond oil and herbal elements battle for attention. ”
92 points- Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast


2015

93 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

“Proprietor Bradley Brown has developed a unique but compelling style of Chardonnay from this 2,400-foot-high vineyard east of Salinas. Dynamic aromas of walnut, preserved lemon, sea salt, marmalade and butter show on the nose. The palate starts with hazelnut paste, then becomes chewy with chalk and toasted marshmallow flavors. Smoke carries into the finish. Every sip provides a new sensation.”
92 points- Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast


2014

92 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

“The 2014 Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard is very pretty. Nuanced and layered, the 2014 offers a striking combination of richness and oiliness with no excess weight. Pear, yellow orchard fruit, wild flowers and chamomile shape the textured finish. This 2014 is very nicely done.”


2013

94 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

“One of the best wines in this range from Big Basin, the 2013 Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard is a real head-turner. Smoke, slate, dried pear and white flowers open up in an understated, crystalline Chardonnay long on class. A slight element of Burgundian-inflected reduction is present at this stage, but it is neither overpowering or dominant. The 2013 spent 11 months in barrel followed by 4 months in tank. Readers who can find the 2013 should not hesitate, as it is terrific.”


2012

92 points- Antonio Galloni, Vinous

“The 2012 Chardonnay Coastview Vineyard impresses for its textural depth and intensity. Yellow peach, apricot, almond, butter and honey notes meld together in a pretty mid-weight Chardonnay. There is plenty of richness in the glass, but no excess heaviness whatsoever.”