WINE ADVOCATE 95+ POINTS
Bottled under Diam 30, the 2017 Chardonnay Dux Vineyard has an open nose of crushed stone, dried hay, tarragon, roasted hazelnuts, citrus blossoms and spring honey with notes of sliced mushrooms and a light framing of spice. Medium-bodied and silky, it gives layer after layer of ripe, spicy fruits refreshed by tangy acidity, finishing very long and minerally with tremendous tension. I can’t wait to taste this with a few years of bottle age!
VINOUS RATING 95 POINTS
“Pale yellow. Fresh honeydew, Meyer lemon, pear, jasmine and toasted brioche on the expressive, mineral-accented nose. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit, sweet butter and anise flavors and an energizing suggestion of ginger. Shows superb energy and mineral cut on the penetrating finish, which features a suave floral quality and a briny touch of oyster shell.”
WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS
“I don’t usually use young vines,” Jim Maresh told me, “but I decided to go for it with this vineyard.” The 2016 Chardonnay Dux Vineyard has a beautiful, layered nose of clotted cream, lemon confit, acacia flowers, yellow apples, honey and toast. Medium-bodied, it’s wonderfully concentrated in the mouth with pure tree fruit flavors with toasty and floral accents. It’s framed by very juicy acidity, finishing very long and nuanced with a great bit of phenolic texture. 125 cases produced.