2017 SIXTO Moxee Chardonnay - 1.5L


Super expressive with intensity. Laser-focused complexity that almost defies description, but I will try: lime leaf, chamomile petals, seashell and redwood forest. As perfect as can be. —Charles

Current & Past Scores

94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

More lemon curd, honeyed apple, and melon notes emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Moxee, which comes from limestone soils and a west-facing slope. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully textured, with subtle oak, it’s a killer bottle of Chardonnay that will evolve for a good decade or more.

94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) (v2016)

“2016 Chardonnay Moxee comes from more limestone soils and 50-year-old vines planted on the northeastern edge of the Yakima Valley. It’s classic Chardonnay offering beautiful,Chablis-like white flowers, lemon curd, and white peach notes. With a terrific sense of minerality, a concentrated yet balanced mouthfeel, and a great finish, it’s another terrific white from this team.”

94 Points, James Suckling(v2016)

“The oldest of the three chardonnay vineyards (52 years) and low-yielding, this has a very rich and creamy nose with fully ripe peaches and subtle biscuit spices. The palate is plush, ripe and rich with a wealth of dense, fleshy fruit. Holds long with fresh, rye- like grain and cashews and almonds to close. Quite esoteric and darn good chardonnay. Drink now.”

92 Points, Wine Spectator (v2016)

“Graceful and sleek, with pear, lemon curd and stony mineral flavors that pick up speed toward the vibrant, steely finish. Drink now through 2022.”


The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.

Moxee (100%): Planted in 1973, Moxee is located east of Yakima and north of Moxee. The south facing slope is about 1450 feet elevation. The soil is Moxee silt loam with broken limestone.


Vintage 2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for heathy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.