2015 Deovlet Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley

2015 Deovlet Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley

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The 2015 Deovlet Chardonnay showed a light-golden hue in my glass and absolutely blew me away: precise, rich, beautifully polished.

Rich, Elegant Chardonnay From Tiny Coveted Site

Three years ago I discovered my new favorite Chardonnay from Santa Barbara. The winemaker, Ryan Deovlet is making some of the best wines I’ve tasted from the Central Coast. After spending an entire morning and afternoon tasting his wines from barrels, tanks and bottles, we forged a wonderful friendship. That tasting was the genesis of today’s offer — Ryan’s 2015 Deovlet Solomon Hills Vineyard Chardonnay, which earned 93 points from Vinous. Solomon Hills is a truly unique site prized by the likes of Ojai, Paul Lato, Foxen and Jonata, and of the mere 10 acres of Chardonnay planted at this site, Ryan has a contract on 1.5-acres. That’s it. In a good vintage this yields around 275 cases for the entire world — and through my friendship with him, I have secured 56 of those cases, at the best price in the nation — just 34.99 per bottle.

Since the launch of Deovlet Wines in 2008, Ryan has made it into Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 Wineries list twice in his first eight vintages. Antonio Galloni calls Ryan “one of the most exciting young winemaker’s on the Central Coast.” In my opinion, Ryan’s expression of the Solomon Hills site, captured in this 2015 Deovlet Chardonnay, is evidence of his exceptional talents.

I find this 2015 Deovlet to be rich, precise, polished and poised. Together, Ryan and I sampled this young wine in barrel and knew it was destined to be something special. At the time, I had no idea this wine would come to shape the way I envision, the great potential of California Chardonnay. Ryan facilitates long, slow, cool fermentations in barrel, that endows his wines with aromatic complexity, striking precision, and transparency of vineyard. The Solomon Hills Vineyard itself sits on the very western edge of the Santa Maria Valley AVA, where grapes are treated to cooling winds off the Pacific Ocean, which in turn, extend the growing season.

It was during my weekly blind tasting group when another industry professional I highly respect, introduced me to Deovlet Wines. My curiosity to know who made these wines and how they were made grew insatiable. I decided it would be a good excuse to take my recently acquired 1967 Mercury Cougar (the second I’ve owned!) on an inaugural voyage down Highway 101 to meet the winemaker — Ryan Deovlet.

I am grateful for my experience with this wine and for the platform accorded to me by Wine Access, allowing me to shine much deserved attention, to my favorite producer from the Central Coast, Ryan Deovlet.

My Best,   

Sur Lucero MS
Master Sommelier

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About Chardonnay

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Flavor Profile

From lean, minerally and acidic to full, fruity and oaky, depending on region and style

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