2017 SIXTO Frenchman Hills Chardonnay

$55.00

Its pedigree is apparent. Exciting reveal with energy to spare. Cherry blossom, Japanese pear, nutmeg and nori comes to mind as the exceptional palate goes to town carrying on with more mystery and pleasure that only this wine can deliver. —Charles

Current & Past Scores

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

“From more basalt soils, the 2017 Chardonnay Frenchman Hills is another beautiful wine from this team that was fermented in a mix of puncheons and concrete and aged all in barrel. Lots of minerality, honeyed golden apple, brioche, and subtle caramelized lemon notes all flow to a medium-bodied, vibrant white that has bright acidity, plenty of richness and depth, and a great finish. It’s another age-worthy effort that will benefit from bottle age.”

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

“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.”

93 Points, Wine Spectator(v2016)

“Rich, yet crisp and graceful, with baked pear, toasty lees and spice flavors, taking on a dynamic structure toward the finish. Drink now through 2023.”

93 Points, James Suckling (v2016)

“This has a combination of rich aromas and flavors with crispness to the structure. Lemons and just-ripe peaches sit in sleek formation, holding through to the crisp, dry and chiseled finish. Drink now.”

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 12,000years 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.

Vintage

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.

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