2016 Roar Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Santa Lucia Highlands
Drink between 2019 - 2021 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • sfwinelover1 Likes this wine: 90 points

    March 21, 2020 - Recent one off discounted purchase ($28.99 from $40) from the big box wine store. I bought an auction of 4 of these last year and really liked the bottling, so I was eager to sample this vintage. Pretty much of a PnP. Fairly muted nose of sweet apples and pears with just a touch of lemon oil. Similar on the palate, with some butter, vanilla, oak and a dash of heat on the end. Medium in color, body, legs and persistence with medium+ acidity, which was particularly welcome at the beginning as a balance against the non-fruit notes. Toward the end of night one and night two, the heat disappeared while the other non-fruit elements moderated, leaving a nicely balanced, food-friendly, moderately fruit forward chardonnay. I didn't get the chalky/flinty notes I enjoyed so much in the '15, although it's possible more bottle age/air would have helped. Roar is always a solid quality/qpr house for chards and pinots, and while this wine isn't at the top of the heap of what I've had of theirs, I'd buy again at what I paid, if not at full boat retail. 90-91

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  • nkirsch Likes this wine: 88 points

    August 14, 2019 - Nice and crispy but nothing amazing or complex

  • air guitar & pinot noir Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 3, 2019 - I enjoyed this wine more than my first bottle of it. It presents medium body and acidity. Highlighted by orchard fruit, crisp apple and under-ripe pear. Much more integrated and balanced than the first bottle of this I drank. Clean and bright. Great since the weather has warmed up.

  • air guitar & pinot noir Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 16, 2019 - To be fair, I drank this wine after a much more expensive Chardonnay that was exceptional and I think it is unfair to fully assess this bottle as I undoubtedly am drawing comparisons. This did seem a bit insipid and vapid, but again, only in comparison with the preceding wine. Light and clear in color with adequate acidity. I think it would show better on a sunny, warm day as well. I have one more of these to try that will be on its own merits.

  • jvphoto wrote: 89 points

    April 11, 2019 - Medium straw with patina green tint. Popcorn, vanilla bean, lemon, pear, flint balances sweetness and depth. Nearly full body, medium acidity that takes a while to build. The fruit apple, lemon, yellow raspberry has a green/unripe taste that mesh with the buttery richness that lays under it. Maybe 2-3 years to let integrate and balance.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type White
  • Producer Roar
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Soberanes Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 71 (72%)
  • Consumed 27 (28%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

as a standalone, fish, poultry, vegetable dishes, white sauce pastas

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