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2011 Babcock Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands
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Really Nice!
by Fannin10580945
Copious apples and pears, with a touch of lemon, on the nose. Outstanding fruit with a touch of honey; long finish. Very good acidity, but never harsh. Even better second day with no loss of crispness on the finish. Should cellar really well. Super quality for the price!
by Albarino231847323
This is really is the best under-$20 Chardonnay you've ever offered.
by xdf12560186
I've been on Kistler's mailing list for years, and I've recently done the same with Morlet after buying those Chardonnays on WineAccess. But at those prices, you almost feel guilty popping corks. So, I'm always looking for reasonably priced substitutes. I was skeptical about this one before I bought it, but I'm not any more. To my taste, Babcock's 2011 is a $35 bottle. If you get more, I'll take two cases.
Better than the 2012
by Bordeaux363747
Must better nose with more fruit and longer lasting in aroma. the '11 is crafted in a way as to show itself in the $35 to $50 range Chard range. even the '12 is better than most mid priced Ca. Chard's. If the was a little more vanilla and some additional butter on the finish at this price it would be the #1 seller out of Ca.
Fruit forward
by Syrah/Shiraz240836
Complex fruit followed by a short finish, a good value
Worth having
by Syrah/Shiraz395828
I'm not a chardonnay person so. But I like this one.
Good Mid-CA Chardonnay
by Crow13882546
Citrus aroma with grape notes. Not over oaked. Good body, good balance. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Not complex. Good CA chardonnay, no surprises. Better than fair value at this price point
by Forsthoefel14005839
Nice Chard
Rombauer taste alike......
by Johnson13027091
The exact same, and I mean the exact same nose as the '09 Rombauer Carneros chard......since they have elected to go stainless however, they are not the same. This has a great bouquet, A great taste profile with a beautiful full mouth feel and long finish. Just a little more butter and this would be the PERFECT chard in my book. Well done Babcock!
Soft fruit and honey
by ColverCellars
Floral and honey notes on the nose. Pear flavor on the palate. Nice acidity balance. Solid performer at this price.
Is there more?
by MasVino
I bought a case and I'm not down to my last two bottles.
Great fine.
by fddsg12515847
Rich, but also crisp. Only problem is it goes down too easily
by Miller12161618
excellent low profile chardonnay; almost a 4 star; great value for early drinking


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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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