2011 Clos Pepe Estate Chardonnay Barrel Fermented


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Sta. Rita Hills
Drink between 2015 - 2019 (Edit)
CT90.9 25 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 19

  • The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 4, 2018 - I can’t believe it has been over two years since I have tried this wine. I guess I am reluctant to twist off the stopper since I know the wine will never be produced again. This time around, a bit darker in color, more of a golden hue on the otherwise straw-yellow wine. A bit funky, with lemon rind and tropical notes, the wine is certainly “older” with muted fruit but still vibrant acidity. I am an unabashed fan of Clos Pepe, and this is why. thedrunkencyclist.com

  • Djfermentation Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 30, 2018 - I’m still loving this one...maybe more than ever. I think this shows how a cooler year and a terrific vineyard can combine to make a special Chardonnay. Excellent!

  • Paul Lin wrote: 90 points

    July 5, 2017 - Initially had a funny nose — not in a Giada De Laurentiis sort of way, but more in a this-is-not-Chardonnay sort of way. More like Riesling with notes of kiwi, lime zest, and crushed granite. But after a couple hours, the Chardonnay came around with showed varietal typicity — lemon curd, salted butter, some triple cream cheese. Better on the palate than the nose, the wine drinks like a good Chablis, its razor-sharp acidity cutting through my Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam like a hot knife. Lemony and sharp, it was incredibly vibrant and delicious.

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  • Djfermentation Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 16, 2017 - This is really drinking well now. I have been drinking this white for almost 4 years now and am loving now more than ever. It paired well with pulled chicken tacos. Great restrained style with some California sunshine.

  • GoBlue2002 Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 5, 2016 - A focused and precise cali chardonnay. This is a good blend of French precision and California flavor. Great for those who love the style.
    This opened up showing a ton of oak on the nose but little on the palate, but over time this integrated well. Aromas of oak; and flavors/palate of lemon curd, mineral.
    High acid (but integrated) -- pairing well with gourmet mac and cheese. A great food wine.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Barbara's Stunning 2011s (Jul 2013) (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/13/2013 (link) 92 points

    (Clos Pepe Estate Chardonnay Barrel Fermented) Light yellow color; appealing, poached pear, tart apple nose; tasty, tart pear, tart apple, lemon palate; with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ poins

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type White
  • Producer Clos Pepe Estate
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Barrel Fermented
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Sta. Rita Hills

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (1%)
  • In Cellars 37 (25%)
  • Consumed 110 (74%)

Food Pairing

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Fried Chicken

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