By J. Wilkes
2013 Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley
Appearance: Medium straw with gilded highlights, brilliant clarity.
Aromatics: A wonderful marriage of bright apple flesh and skin, pear, orange blossom, echoes of tropicality and a chalk-like mineral note. Enough fine French oak/browned butter to show proper elevage, but the oak treatment elevates and spices the delicacy and balance of the wine’s aromatics.
Palate: Seamless transition in the palate from broad and savory attack (entry), a bright and oak-influenced mid-palate, and a lingering finish that shows just enough malolactic character to give a hint of butter and roundness to tame the just-less-than-stern acid structure from the Santa Maria Valley’s foggy mornings and cold nights. More oak/toast in the attack and then becomes much more structured and less oaky in the mid-palate and finish.
Round and soft enough to sip, bright and lively enough to cleanse the palate between bites of Maine lobster with drawn butter, fried clams, roast or fried chicken, pancetta-wrapped halibut in beurre blanc or BBQ brisket.
The wine is perfectly balanced for cocktail hour or delicious plates tonight but will continue gaining richness, nuttiness, a honeyed edge, and depth for the next 3-5 years. Full maturity expected 7-10 years with hazelnut and sherry notes.
Winemaker: Wes Hagen
Cases Produced: 2000
Alcohol Content: 14.20%
Titratable Acidity: 5.42 g/L
[Information provided by Matador Vino]
By Wine Enthusiast
J Wilkes 2013 Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California, US
Winery: J Wilkes
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Date Published: 12/1/2015
Apple custard, green apple peels and a bit of barrel warmth entertain the nose on this reasonably priced wine from a highly reliable appellation. Flavors are straightforward, with ripe golden pears and lemon peels.
By Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media
J. Wilkes 2013 Chardonnay
Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast
White wine from United States
Drinking window: 2016 - 2018
The 2013 Chardonnay is another attractive, forward wine to drink now and over the next year or two. Dried pear, spice, butter, hazelnut and lightly honeyed nuances are all nicely delineated in this soft, open-knit Chardonnay. Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: June 2016