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Community Tasting Notes (37) Avg Score: 91.2 points

  • Retail $35. DIAM 10 Closure. OK, I am going to try to keep it together here as this was the last bottle of the case of this wine I bought I am not entirely sure how long ago. Sniff. I have a long history with Clos Pepe (and to a lesser extent, winemaker Wes Hagen), which I have chronicled many times in this space and on my wine blog (shameless plug alert): So I am a bit sad but this wine assuages me out of my melancholy--this is freaking gangbusters (no doubt Wes would have used slightly more colorful language there). Yellow straw in the glass with a warmly toasted-nut (basked with lemon curd) aspect in the glass. The palate is defined by the acidity (striking), but buoyed by the subtly intense (can that be a thing?) fruit, a dab of oakiness, layers of complexity, and a dollop of minerality. Since my first sip of Clos Pepe Chardonnay, I have berated (maybe too strong?) Wes that I thought the best wines made from what I consider to be an American Grand Cru, were not Pinots, but Chardonnay. This serves as justification. Whoa. Complete gangbusters, a wine that *few* would ever guess is over a decade old. Yowza. I miss Wes at the helm of Clos Pepe so much.

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  • After this bottle, I only have one left from this vintage and another dozen total from other various vintages. And that's it--the winery no longer exists. And that is tragic. This is yet another stellar bottle with a touch of funk but otherwise bright green apple and pear. The palate is marvelous: the fruit is slightly muted, but great tartness and minerality with oodles of verve, Whoa. Fantastic.

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  • Has held up well in the bottle. Just a hint of secondary coming thru now. Was best upon release though.

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  • This has great structure, solid lemon/citrus flavors. Medium dry.

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  • Drank our final bottle, a magnum, last night with family. Wow! This bottle has progressed and evolved so gracefully. We probably could have given it several more years, however, this a great spot now. So fresh, with early fruit flavors mellowing a bit, yet still quite bright. Terrific stuff

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2011, IWC Issue #159, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Clos Pepe Estate Chardonnay BF (Barrel Fermented) Sta. Rita Hills) Login and sign up and see review text.
  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Clos Pepe Estate Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Sta. Rita Hills) Login and sign up and see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/28/2011, (See more on 91 points

    (Clos Pepe Estate Chardonnay Barrel Fermented) Tart citrus, tart apple nose; tasty, tart apple, tart citrus palate with medium acidity, needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (vineyard planted in 1996)

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