2016 SIXTO Frenchman Hills Chardonnay - 1.5L

$130.00


Elegant. Brilliant. Subtle. Electricity pulses through this high elevation Chardonnay. Hazelnut, white truffle and clove lift the perfume of fresh tilled spring earth. Apple blossom, lavish mid-palate stone, tea biscuit. Likewise with a complexity so great, words are hard to find. So I invite you to find some of your own. Magnificent. - Charles


 

94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
“The 2016 Chardonnay Frenchman Hills tasted like a top Corton with its powerful, full-bodied notes of caramelized orchard fruits, earthy minerality, and spice. It’s one of the bigger, richer wines in the lineup yet it gains purity and elegance as it sat in the glass.”

90 Points, Vinous/Tanzer
“(from vines planted in 1993): Bright yellow. Lemon curd, pineapple and a sexy leesy quality on the nose. Boasts lovely thickness of texture and savory reserve, with a flavor of white plum enlivened by a chalky nuance (this wine comes from a vineyard on broken basalt planted at an altitude of nearly 1,700 feet, according to Brennon Leighton). Nicely balanced, dry wine with a hint of nuttiness on the back end.”

 

 

Vineyard

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

Frenchman Hills (100%): Frenchman Hills was planted in 1998 and is about a 30-minute drive north of the Wahluke Slope, which is one of the warmest areas in the Columbia Valley. However, Frenchman Hills Vineyard is a cooler site, partly because of its higher elevation at1650 feet. It also does not easily frost, and the limestone and broken basalt soils at the top of the vineyard were not affected by the Missoula Flood that ravaged much of Eastern Washington some 12,000 years ago. Because of the slightly cooler aspect, grapes hang longer without accumulating excessive sugar (and thus, higher alcohols) while still managing to retain beautiful acidity.


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