Wine Spectator & James Suckling Scores

Wine Spectator – July 31, 2017

The Calling 2015 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay  – 91 POINTS (web only)
Ultrarich and extracted, offering a firm core of pear, apple, melon and spice flavors. A truly impressive effort, with depth and dimension. Drink now through 2022. –JL

The Calling 2014 Sullivan Vineyard Chardonnay – 90 POINTS
Exhibits a rich mix of spicy oak, butterscotch, fig, honeydew and pear notes, ending with a long, deep finish that echoes the core flavors. Drink now through 2020. –JL

Girard 2015 Chardonnay – 88 POINTS
Offers a distinctive mix of peach, grapefruit, citrus and melon flavors that are lively and persistent, if a touch raw and edgy on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. –JL
Joseph Carr 2015 Chardonnay – 87 POINTS
Sleek and refined, yet trim and nearly tinny. A tight expression of drink-me-now Chardonnay that ends with citrus blossom and tart tropical fruit notes. Drink now. –JL

Kunde Family Winery 2015 Reserve Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley) – 87 POINTS (web only)
Light cedary oak underscores a crisp, juicy mix of citrus-laced green apple notes. Drink now through 2020.–JL

Kunde Family Winery 2015 Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley) – 87 POINTS
Rich, with rustic fig, apricot and honeydew flavors, laced with anise and licorice subtleties. Drink now through 2020.–JL

James Suckling – June 2017

Girard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 POINTS
Attractive Napa cabernet with all the opulent fruit and subtle chocolate character you can appreciate in a wine from here, yet it shows freshness and polished tannins to boot. Delicious now but better in 2019.

Girard 2014 Artistry  – 90 POINTS
Blackcurrant and blueberry aromas follow through to a medium to full body, juicy fruit, soft tannins and a fruity finish. Bordeaux blend with a good dose of Malbec. Drink now.

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