2002 Scholium Project The Sylphs Guman Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Coombsville
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  • HandmadeHomemade Likes this wine:

    October 19, 2018 - I was on the fence with this wine before popping it, I gave it 50/50- just because of the age and it's Scholium Project- let's face it, they all ain't winners...

    Boy was this good. The wine wine pours a deep golden hue, shows brilliantly in the glass. After about 20 min of air in the bottle, the wine softened up a bit and started to show face. Aromas of fleshy stone fruits, mango, and papaya dominate with a bit of herbal funk, and sherry flor. In the mouth, the wine is full bodied, fresh, and bright. It does not seem like it's 16 years old. You can't really tell that it's chardonnay, it feels more like a viognier, with a fino sherry twist. I really like it. Flavors are well integrated, and evolve across the palate, flavors of pear, stone fruit- peaches, apricots, with a soft nutty finish and a herbal bite. This was really good. It went really well with the Moroccan spiced grilled chicken we had it with.

  • Burgundy Al wrote: 87 points

    June 5, 2017 - Rich stone and orchard fruit, fully mature and somewhat oxidative to start, then also freshening up (slightly) with air. Still seems to show some botrytis to me, while others didn't agree. Best after open 30-45 minutes, then shortening up well before the 2-hour mark, at which point the alcohol seemed more pronounced on the finish.

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  • griffin'sdad wrote: 78 points

    January 7, 2014 - over the hill

  • swillpower wrote:

    January 13, 2013 - The take-home lesson from this bottling: Sylphs needs crazy air time to show its stuff. Like five hours or more. By this time, it is a dizzying potpourri of hazelnuts, apples, resin, acetic, peanut brittle, all sorts of fun. The texture is maybe the nicest part...just creamy, soothing, enveloping. Feels like it should be sweet, but it is totally dry, with righteous acid to back it all up. A thrill ride of a wine, inviting discussion and meditation.

  • Burgundy Al wrote: 90 points

    February 4, 2012 - Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): An exotic, eccentric wine. Rich, lush fruit that shows a slightly oxidized character with intense spice. i thought there was a sense of botrytis, but most others disagreed Super concentrated and powerful. Very interesting. Stands up well to its (declared) 15.5% alcohol well.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

    (The Scholium Project Chardonnay Sylphs Guman Vineyard) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type White
  • Producer Scholium Project
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation The Sylphs
  • Vineyard Guman Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Coombsville

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 88 (43%)
  • Consumed 118 (57%)

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