2011 Arcadian Winery Chardonnay Clos Pepe Vineyard Sta Rita Hills
The 2011 Clos Pepe Chardonnay is pale gold. Terrifically complex aromatically, with pungent aromas of candied lemon, honeysuckle and hazelnuts. Richly textured, incredibly energetic, unctuous and almost oily on the palate with white peach, bitter honey, brioche, and mint. The finish is stunningly vibrant. Drinking beautifully right now, and will continue to for another 5-10 years.
95 Points Vinous/Antonio Galloni
The 2011 Chardonnay Clos Pepe Vineyard is superb. Graphite, candied lemon, mint, orange blossom and butter are some of the signatures. Even with all of its intensity and the richness that comes from four years in oak, the 2011 retains striking freshness. Bracing underpinnings of salinity add a kick of brightness on the super-expressive finish. The 2011 was bottled at the same time as the 2010, which means it saw one less year in oak.