June 26, 2016 - Liked this one better than the last. Much more chablis like with steely clean flavors of lime, wet stone and salt. On the palate, green apple, lemon and minerals. Short, tart (but refreshing) finish. Sorry to see you go, Wes!
March 30, 2016 - Citrus and stone on the nose and palate. Creamy, yeasty finish. Simple and one dimensional.
February 24, 2016 - I took this bottle to a Steak and Seafood house to share with good friends. The wine was delightful on it's own and even better with the jumbo lump crab, oysters, and bbq shrimp. I admire the restraint with this wine and unlike many stainless chardonnays in the market place, the fact that this wine did go through malolactic fermentation was a plus for my palate. I like the rounder mouthfeel that results.
November 8, 2015 - Clear, medium gold color. Aromas of lemon meringue, wet stone, honeydew, pine oil, oyster shell. Full and rich on the palate, big citrus notes- lime and orange, with hints of sandalwood with clove & tea leaf spice. Medium+ acid, full and fleshy texture. Dense mid-palate. Full blustery finish. Feels a little loose, but the acid and structure are there. Drinking well.
August 5, 2015 - I thought this wine was exceptional and has really come into its own. Very focused, clean, big classic Chardonnay flavors. The absence of oak may be off-putting to those who are not used to such wines — and I do like oaky Chards — but IMHO there's no denying the quality of this wine.
May 25, 2015 - Nondescript citrus. Is there anything else? A touch boring and simple. This is not a homage to chablis as it is just lacking oak, but seriously lacks tension. Just a touch mineral drive to keep it little interesting.
November 2, 2014 - This was mostly a miss for me. There was a weird mustard seed mineral play going on that was off putting. I'm blaming it on the vintage.
November 1, 2014 - Lite yellow with medium viscosity in the glass. Nose of steel minerals, dry grass, lemon zest, apple, melon, spice and chamomile tea. Med-lite body with chewy citrus zest, apple, spice, melon and white tea on the palate. Spiky steel and slate minerals. Short finish. In true “Hommage to Chablis”, Wes made the most out of this vintage’s unfavorable weather.
August 18, 2013 - Wine & Fire - Sta. Rita Hills Sat 8/17; 8/18/2013-8/23/2013: Notes of wheatstraw, mineral and citrus zest on the nose; growing more complex on the palate with layers of lime zest, slate, white-floral, saline, and apple on the palate. Bright and vivacious through the finish. Excellent.
May 20, 2013 - Overall a good wine, but I expected more minerality as an "homage to Chablis". I got a lot of big, juicy fruit--mostly apples and lychee flavors with a subtle butteriness. This wine hit a better stride the next day, so I think it would certainly be well served to lay low for another year or two.