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  • Another solid performance, with an all-around sophisticated mouthfeel and texture that defines high-end Chardonnay out of California. Stylistically, this has both its Burgundian moments and its California moments. At first pull, this shows a lemon juice and white melon attack, with whispers of alcohol on the finish.

    With a brief amount of air, the beautifully balanced acidity takes over and its waistline fattens-up more to reveal riper citrus flavors, lemon curd, orange citrus oil, honeydew rind, and white rock. After a few hours of air, olive oil and pumice notes surface on the tail. The midsection becomes riper and fuller with time, making for the perception of succulence and even borderline exotic; but the acidity is ever-present and keeps watchful guard over the core fruit.

    A top shelf Chardonnay with a matching tariff. No doubt it belongs in the elite sea of upper-end domestic whites, and not to take away anything from the wine as a stand-alone in an otherwise objective vacuum, but for any everyday consumer eyeing these wines, the sticker shock is not without a bit of a bruise to the wallet. I don't own yachts and jet myself off to Monaco on the weekends, so when any wine is at the top of the fee chart among its local peers, it's "worth" noting. Look at it this way, if you're paying $100 for the fancy glass with the artsy metallic label, then the wine itself is in the same realm as its colleagues!

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  • 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): Take all the notes I just wrote on the 2018 Chardonnay and add an extra layer of delectableness – without sacrificing all of the harmonious zing and energy brought about by the otherwise Burgundian style these Fairchild Chardonnays seem to bring to the forefront. Yellow citrus and wet white travertine, with a ripe clementine note that adds extra interest. Outstanding texture and a deep concentration of flavor, all the while maintaining a controlled rapidity that invigorates the entire mouth and continues thrusting out bright acidity. Succulent and nervy. The 2017 is likely a decent marker to where the 2018 will ultimately end up. Again, I am shocked at the level of complexity and polish that Fairchild is able to achieve from this Ritchie site. Absolutely outstanding. 97-99 points.

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  • Another excellent bottle, lush and crisp, with great mouthfeel and aromas of citrus and spice.

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  • 2017 Fairchild Wines: A new wine from Fairchild, this is flat out awesome. Their stated goal was to make this more like a White Burgundy than a California Chard, and they achieved that in spades. This shows more like a Montrachet than most anything coming out of Sonoma. Hints of mango, pear, citrus, baked bread and minerality on a lovely bouquet. On the palate, this is super pure and precise, displays bright acidity, tons of mineral driven flavors, limestone and wonderful underlying structure. It is fresh, long and absolutely dynamite.

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