2015 The Hilt Vanguard Chardonnay Santa Barbara County USA

$59.99 USD

Very tightly wound on the nose, this impressive bottling by Matt Dees of Jonata fame starts with fresh and Seabreeze-like aromas, from lime zest and pink lemonade to wet slate and cool steel. The sip is energetic and racy like a classic Chablis, showing lemon balm, honeysuckle and well-integrated oak across a texturally compelling platform.
95 Points Wine Enthusiast
The 2015 Chardonnay Vanguard comes from slightly younger vines and sees more new oak (although it still seems mostly neutral barrels). This light to medium gold colored Chardonnay offers terrific notes of citrus, under ripe pineapple, salty minerality and white flowers. It's concentrated and textured, yet racy and vibrant, with bright acidity. It really needs 5-6 years of bottle age and is going to have two decades of longevity.
95 Points Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Chardonnay Vanguard delivers a wonderfully spicy nose of white pepper, coriander seed, ginger and anise over a core of white peaches and lemon curd. Medium-bodied, with a great intensity of stone fruit and citrus layers, it has a lively acid line and finishes with those spices coming through.
92 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate