2021 Wayfarer Wayfarer Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JS 98 WA 98 JD 96 TWI 96 VN 95 WS 93
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, November 2023

This is so intense and wild with Meyer lemon, Korean pear, green lemon, and lime. Piercing pineapple and focused acidity that gives incredible length and intensity. The density and texture with solid phenolics and so much...
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2023

The 2021 Chardonnay The Estate is delightfully decadent and almost feels like a guilty pleasure—it's so packed with flavor! It has gregarious aromatic layers of warm peach, summer honey, candied citrus and wafts of...
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, July 2023

96+ Revealing a medium straw hue with youthful green highlights, the 2021 Chardonnay The Estate offers gorgeous, fresh, floral aromas of lemon curd, pastry cream, cheese rind, sweet baking spices, and ripe pear. With...
TWI 96

The Wine Independent, July 2023

The 2021 Chardonnay The Estate soars from the glass with notes of green guava, Marcona almonds, and fresh grapefruit with touches of apricots, mandarin peel, and jasmine. The medium to full-bodied palate is tightly wound...
VN 95

Vinous, August 2023

The 2021 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard is brilliant. Bright, effusive and full of character, the 2021 shows why this site is so ideal for Chardonnay. Lemon peel, mint, crushed rocks, white pepper and tangerine oil all...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, July 2023

Packs intense lemon and litsea oil aromatics up front, with a firm, crunchy note to the acidity and generous green pear, lemon, pineapple and jasmine accents on a sleek, juicy frame. Reveals smoked salt and a crisp, zesty...

WINE DETAILS

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

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**Wine Name:** 2021 Wayfarer Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard Fort Ross-Seaview
**Varietal:** Chardonnay
**Vintage:** 2021
**Country:** USA
**Region:** California
**Sub-region:** North Coast
**Appellation:** Sonoma
**Producer:** Wayfarer
**Color:** White
**Type:** White
**Closure:** Cork
**Alcohol percent:** 14.4

The 2021 Wayfarer Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard Fort Ross-Seaview is a standout example of a California Chardonnay, earning notable acclaim from several respected wine reviewers.

The Wine Independent awarded this wine a score of 96, highlighting its aromatic complexity with "notes of green guava, Marcona almonds, and fresh grapefruit" and describing its palate as "tightly wound with loads of chalky nuances among the stone fruit layers." They also praised its "racy backbone and satiny texture," concluding that it finishes "long and savory."

Jeb Dunnuck, also rating it 96, noted the wine's "medium straw hue with youthful green highlights" and described it as having "gorgeous, fresh, floral aromas of lemon curd, pastry cream, cheese rind, sweet baking spices, and ripe pear." Dunnuck emphasized its "fresh acidity, medium body, ample ripe fruit, and a sound structure," and commended its "well-balanced richness that also feels decadent."

Vinous provided a slightly lower but still impressive score of 95, calling the Chardonnay "brilliant" and "effusive and full of character." Antonio Galloni of Vinous appreciated its "lemon peel, mint, crushed rocks, white pepper, and tangerine oil" which contribute to its "exquisite, finely sculpted" nature, asserting that it “shows why this site is so ideal for Chardonnay.”

Wine Spectator gave it a 93 score, noting its "intense lemon and litsea oil aromatics up front" and describing the wine's acidity as "firm, crunchy" with "generous green pear, lemon, pineapple, and jasmine accents." The review highlighted the "smoked salt and a crisp, zesty finish, with plenty of torque."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate rated it the highest at 98, lauding its "delightfully decadent" nature and "gregarious aromatic layers of warm peach, summer honey, candied citrus, and wafts of allspice." They remarked on its "luxuriously satiny" palate, balancing "bright acidity" with an "epically long finish."

Lastly, James Suckling, also giving it a 98, described it as "so intense and wild" with flavors of "Meyer lemon, Korean pear, green lemon, and lime." He highlighted its "piercing pineapple and focused acidity" and noted the "electric finish," admiring its "density and texture" and advising to hold onto it for further aging.

In summary, the 2021 Wayfarer Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard Fort Ross-Seaview is a highly esteemed wine that combines complex aromatics, balanced acidity, and a luxurious texture, making it a compelling choice for Chardonnay enthusiasts.