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 Vintage2008(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2005 vintage.)
ProducerWindy Oaks Estate (web)
DesignationOne Acre
VineyardSchultze Family Vineyard
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2018 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 86.3 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by swillpower on 4/2/2013: Tropical fruit and apple, a hint of sweet oak. Solid finish. Not the best WO Chardonnay I've had, but very good with a 90 min decant. (786 views)
 Tasted by stufis on 8/25/2012 & rated 89 points: A blind drinker would view this as joyous, even outstanding, and never guess it as a Cali Chard. Such an imbiber would not be bothered by this one flaw...cloudy, cloudy, cloudy. But also Racy, racy, racy, a la a high end Chablis. Still a brilliant gold, not like the '06 Chard we had the prior nite, which was more more amber-hued and more advanced (but NOT pre-moxed, FWIW). Long finish and well-balanced unless you grew up on Rombauer Chards. No signs of fatigue (as if I would know that in a Chard). I have one more...and will try holding it for 5 more years, as I think this could go 5-10 more years. (1131 views)
 Tasted by elamasters on 9/23/2011 & rated 90 points: Very nice Chardonnay. Beautiful fruit along with very pleasant secondary characteristics. Rich and creamy texture. (1226 views)
 Tasted by John on 9/11/2011 & rated 70 points: third bottle from a six pack. do I score this or rate is as flawed?

this is the third bottle i've had and all 3 have been then same. cloudy and foggy. not a clear looking white as you would expect. the taste seems to be of as well. very flat with little to no acidity. almost tastes like bottled apple juice. Not sure if these are flawed wines or if this is something that will fix itself over the next few years. the bottles have been perfectly stored since i got them.

i'm really hoping that i didn't get a bad batch as i love windy oaks wines (1366 views)
 Tasted by Blue Shorts on 9/6/2011 & rated 90 points: Popped and poured. Finally coming into its own. Nice nose of pears, limes, vegetation. Taste of pears, peach and melon. Nice acid and tannin levels. Medium-long finish 90+ Likely to keep improvinng. (1215 views)
 Tasted by John on 7/11/2011: NR. Very cloudy and muted. clearly an off bottle (944 views)
 Tasted by GMGnyc on 6/3/2011 & rated 91 points: On day 2 this remained awesome. Great structure, fruit, slightest toasty oak. Santa Cruz is the USA's top spot for chardonnay. (923 views)
 Tasted by Anthony Lombardi on 1/29/2011 & rated 90 points: Opened and poured. Dark gold. Much more accesible than the last bottle. Lemon cream on the nose with some tropical fruit. Full bodied. Big fruit forward mid palate brings out the sweet lemony flavors, some orange peel a d a bit of pineapple. This is blessed with a serious acidic cut which keeps this from becoming flabby and one dimensional. A bit on the oaky side, but not too distracting as the fruit offers great purity and complexity. Great length. (988 views)
 Tasted by Rob MacKay on 3/21/2010 & rated 85 points: Cloudy golden color. Crisp green apple flavors and some slight oak influence towards the finish. Shows less of a buttery note then previous vintages. Decent, but not as good as the 2007 at this stage. Could round out a bit more with some additional time in the bottle. (1386 views)

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California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

Once referred to by wine writers as the Chaine d'Or -- or "golden chain" -- the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA sits above Silicon Valley, running along the craggy range next to the Pacific on some of the prettiest parts of Northern California. The area supports more than 75 wineries, despite being limited by geography and high land prices.

In 1981 the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation became federally recognized, one of the first American viticultural areas to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

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