Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Vintage production: 251 cases
A single-vineyard Chardonnay from one of the hottest producers on the West Coast… Only 251 cases produced… Scores of 96+ WA and 96 JD… This already sounds like a serious prospect, and with an incredible price the Peake Ranch Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 is an unbelievable buy.
Winemaker Wynn Solomon has produced a wine that showcases the pedigree of this vineyard in northern Santa Barbara County, and why Peake Ranch is held in the very highest regard.
The Wine Advocate’s Erin Brooks picked up on the Sierra Madre 2019s “Tangy acidity and shimmery mineral character”, which is textbook for the vineyard. The cold Pacific breezes and fog drawn inland from the nearby coast, and terroir dominated by chalky/sandy ancient seabed, come together gloriously.
Jeb Dunnuck talked about how it is “Delivering California fruit in a Burgundian style” (i.e. richness and bags of tension), yet a Chardonnay of the same class from the Côte d’Or would be double the price if not more.
The Sierra Madre 2019 is a tremendous wine to savour now and anytime over the coming 10 years.