Washington is not exactly known for Chardonnay. I think most wine critics would argue that Chardonnay is not what Washington does best. SIXTO has challenged this contention. For the past few years, SIXTO under the guidance of mogul Charles Smith, has crafted some of the most compelling Chardonnay wines in Washington. The wines are rich, layered and downright delicious. Brennan Leighton is the superstar winemaker behind these wines. The new wines from the exceedingly warm 2014 vintage were downright awesome, none more so than the 2014 SIXTO ‘Frenchman Hills’ Chardonnay (WWB, 93) which is an intense new Chardonnay bottling that rivals the best in the state. Learn more about the awesome SIXTO wines at http://winesofsubstance.com Here are the new releases by SIXTO.
2014 SIXTO ‘Uncovered’ Chardonnay- This wine is a cuvee of all high elevation vineyards. The wine was partially fermented in concrete eggs and French oak prior to bottling. This begins with ripe banana, white peach and creme brulee aromatics. The weight is lovely as the wine showcases vanilla, creme brulee, nectarine and poached pear flavors. This has wonderful lift and structure considering the obvious heat of the vintage. Drink 2017-2023- 92
2014 SIXTO ‘Frenchman Hills’ Chardonnay- The Frenchman Hills is located in the Columbia Valley and is north of the Wahluke Slope. This cool site has an elevation of 1650 feet. The wine begins with ripe banana and vanilla cream flavors. The balance is there as is the tropical edge. This has lovely texture and weight. Drink 2017-2025- 93