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Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay 2021


Cool as a crisp apple with the Giant Steps extra layer of flesh and texture. High elevation makes this the most artic wine of this release and reminds me of Goisot’s renditions from Auxerre. Tingling and tangy with preserved lemon, green apple, custard apple, white peach, apricot, roasted salted macadamia, cream and not too subtle a texture. Really grabs the palate, relentless presence and power, with the most perfectly judged flesh and cream to burr the edges. Brightness never lingers and the carry is driven and full of focused energy. Great chardonnay. Waters Wine Co

The 2021 Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay is a fascinating wine, and I clicked part of the way through tasting it that the Pinot Noir from the same vineyard is usually the wine that turns my dials—a realization that made this tasting all the better. Fruit is from the Applejack Vineyard, just “down the hill” from Wombat Creek Vineyard (actually about a 10-minute drive up a winding, hilly road, taking you up about 100 meters in elevation). This is taut, linear and shaped by firm yet supple phenolics that show an array of characters on the mid-palate and beyond: white miso, red apple skins, cheesecloth and musk. This, again, like the other Chardonnays, is salty and littered with preserved lemon, crushed nuts and orchard fruit. It’s a brilliant wine and one that will only get better as it ages and gathers spice momentum. 94+ points, Erin Larkin

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