SIXTO MOXEE CHARDONNAY 2013
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Sixto Moxee Chardonnay
Coming from a warmer site and old vines (37-year-old) that are located northeast of Yakima city, the Chardonnay Moxee Vineyard (aged in 20% new French oak puncheons) gives up perfumed spice, lemon curd, toast and chamomile-like nuances to go with a medium-bodied, rounded, supple and yet fantastically pure and layered profile on the palate. I love the mid-palate here, and this is a rich, textured effort thats geared for consuming over the coming 3 to 4 years. This is a new project between the team at Charles Smith (Charles Smith, Brennon Leighton and Andrew Latta) thats focusing on old vine Chardonnay. All of the vineyards here were formerly part of Chateau St. Michelles white (and sparkling) program, but have since been given up due to too low of yields from the older vines. Without a doubt, these are the finest Chardonnays Ive tasted from Washington, and I cant wait to try them from bottle next year.

From Wine Spectator: "Charles Smith, Brennon Leighton and Andrew Latta, the winemakers responsible for Sixto, sought less-familiar sites for their single-vineyard bottlings. The inaugural 2012s were released too late to be reviewed for this report, but I had the chance to taste the wines in bottle pre-release at the winery in Walla Walla and I was impressed. There's a vibrant, pear-centered offering from north-facing vines at Frenchman Hills, a vineyard not far from Conner Lee; a richly expressive, chamomile-scented beauty from Moxee Vineyard, in the upper Yakima Valley, that remains steely and restrained; and a round, polished version from Roza Hills, in the limestone and basalt soils of mid-Yakima Valley, whose pineapple-coconut charm is very appealing

Bottle Size: .750

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