2021 Cattleya Beyond the Threshold Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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JD 96 TWI 96 JS 93 WS 93
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, July 2023

A light golden hue, the 2021 Chardonnay Beyond The Threshold is layered with honeyed citrus and delicate smoke and flush with floral perfume that expands in the glass. This has another gear on the palate, with more fresh...
TWI 96

The Wine Independent, February 2024

The 2021 Beyond the Threshold Chardonnay comes from a single block in Sanchez Vineyard in Petaluma Gap. It slowly unfurls to reveal notes of pear tart, butterscotch, lemon curd, and grapefruit giving way to wafts of...
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, June 2023

Baked apples, mangoes, grapefruit and buttered toast on the nose. Focused and toasty with a full body and tasty pastry undertones. Impressive persistency, evolving to smoked almonds and crushed stones at the end. Drink...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, February 2024

Fresh and juicy, with pineapple, pear and citrus flavors that are generous and juicy at the core, complementing the more robust notes of salted butter shortbread, vanilla bean and listea oil that linger on the long...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Vintage 2021
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.4%
Closure Cork

The 2021 Cattleya Beyond the Threshold Chardonnay embodies the epitome of California winemaking, showcasing the incredible potential of the Sonoma Coast appellation. This exquisite white wine presents itself with elegance and sophistication, captivating both the eye and the palate.

In the glass, this Chardonnay displays a radiant golden hue, reminiscent of the sun-kissed vineyards where it originates. With each swirl, the wine gracefully coats the glass, leaving behind delicate tears that hint at its full-bodied nature. The aromas that waft from the glass are simply enchanting. Baked apples, ripe mangoes, and vibrant grapefruit dance together, creating a symphony of fruit notes that are both enticing and refreshing. As the wine unfolds further, subtle hints of buttered toast emerge, adding a delightful layer of complexity.

On the palate, the 2021 Cattleya Beyond the Threshold Chardonnay continues to impress. It is impeccably balanced, with a richness that is beautifully counterbalanced by a lively acidity. The mouthfeel is velvety and luxurious, enveloping the senses in a wave of opulence. The flavors mirror the aromas, with baked apple and mango taking center stage, while the grapefruit adds a zesty twist. The lingering pastry undertones add a touch of warmth and depth to the wine, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this Chardonnay an impressive score of 93 points, further solidifying its status as a gem in the world of wine. Suckling describes the wine as focused and toasty, with a noteworthy persistency. As the wine evolves in the glass, it unveils intriguing nuances of smoked almonds and crushed stones, leaving a lasting impression.

The 2021 Cattleya Beyond the Threshold Chardonnay is a wine that can be enjoyed now, as it is at the peak of its youthful exuberance. However, for those who appreciate the rewards of patience, this wine has the potential to age gracefully, unveiling new dimensions and complexities over the years. Whether you choose to savor it now or let it develop in your cellar, this Chardonnay is a true testament to the talent and dedication of the Cattleya winery, and a shining example of the incredible wines that California has to offer.