2008 Clos Pepe Estate Chardonnay


  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Sta. Rita Hills
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  • The Drunken Cyclist Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 21, 2019 - Retail $35. I have lamented the demise of Clos Pepe innumerable times here on this blog, so pulling this cork was difficult. Since Clos Pepe has ceased to exist, this bottle of Chardonnay is an endangered species, and this is the last 2008 in my possession. A bit dark in color with lemon rind and celery root (?) lead to a surprisingly still fruity wine with lemon curd and citrus a-go-go. Even a slight bit of petrol, which surprised me for a Chardonnay. Close to a Whoa. 92. thedrunkencyclist.com

  • The Drunken Cyclist wrote: 93 points

    May 9, 2016 - I pulled this out and served it blind to a few guests and the consensus was that it was an older Chablis. How could I argue? Reserved nose of lemon curd and a hint of spice. On the palate? Whoa. Bright, focused, and incredible. The winemaker, Wes Hagen, always said that the Sta Rita Hills AVA was more aligned to Chardonnay than Pinot. Tasting this wine? Hard to argue. Outstanding. thedrunkencyclist.com

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  • joeroth Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 9, 2013 - Very nice chard.

  • jreis wrote:

    February 24, 2012 - Drank alongside the 09 chard. This was excellent, prefered by all at the table and I think perhaps the best chard I have ever had of Wes'. Beautiful tropical fruit and roasted almonds on the nose with a nice whiff of salty minerals. Much more structured on the palate, with lovely white pears and white thompson grape flavors leading to a bone dry acid filled finish. In a great place, no sign of decline, but I'm not sure it is going to get better.

  • arniec wrote: 90 points

    February 24, 2012 - Very lean. Nice acidity. Nice citrus flavors.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/2/2011 (link) 87 points

    (Clos Pepe Estate Chardonnay) Light lemon yellow color; odd, tart citrus, light grapefruit nose; tangy, odd, flat, tart citrus, mineral, light grapefruit palate; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type White
  • Producer Clos Pepe Estate
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Sta. Rita Hills

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  • In Cellars 15 (23%)
  • Consumed 51 (77%)

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