2016 The Hilt Chardonnay VanguardChardonnay from United States
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- 95 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
- 94 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
95 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
"The 2016 Chardonnay Vanguard comes from some of the younger vines and sees more new oak, with the goal of making a distinctly different wine than the Old Guard release. Despite the new barrels, you wouldn’t know it by tasting the wine, which offers classic notes of citrus blossom, buttered toast, spice, and crushed mint. With medium to full-bodied richness, a layered, seamless texture, no hard edges, and vibrant acidity, it's a total gem in the vintage. Drink it any time over the coming decade."
94 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2016 Chardonnay Vanguard is gorgeous. Specifically, in 2016, the Vanguard is a bit more pulled back and restrained than it often is. Apricot, chamomile, almond and a touch of new French oak are some of the many signatures that shape this attractive, enticing Chardonnay from The Hilt. Bright citrus and floral notes add tension to the energetic finish. "
95 - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
94 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|
|Nose||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|