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Steven Kent Chardonnay Livermore Valley Merrillie 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit low key on the nose but with beautiful citrus aromas, a hint of grapefruit and lime accenting apple fruit with fine oak spice and creamy shadings. Bright and rather crisp on entry then turning very creamy in the mouth with vanilla laced apple pie and lemon flavors. This is broad yet with enough acid to keep it fresh and engaging, finishing with excellent freshness and lovely sweet lemon and apple flavors. A little loose knit but rather attractive for what it is with nuanced mineral and nutty tones on the lemon curd toned finish. 91pts

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Editorial Reviews for Steven Kent Chardonnay Livermore Valley Merrillie

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
11/15/2013

A bit low key on the nose but with beautiful citrus aromas, a hint of grapefruit and lime accenting apple fruit with fine oak spice and creamy shadings. Bright and rather crisp on entry then turning very creamy in the mouth with vanilla laced apple pie and lemon flavors. This is broad yet with enough acid to keep it fresh and engaging, finishing with excellent freshness and lovely sweet lemon and apple flavors. A little loose knit but rather attractive for what it is with nuanced mineral and nutty tones on the lemon curd toned finish. 91pts


Member Reviews for Steven Kent Chardonnay Livermore Valley Merrillie

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.60 5
11/15/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: sfweg
301756
0.00 5
Vintage: 2002 08/15/2007

3 1/2 stars~Very Good: pretzel, classic, old school taste, burnt eggs, custard, creme brulée, long oaky finish, full bodied, nutty, toastiness integrates with the forward fruit, I Found it!! wrote one taster


External Reviews for Steven Kent Chardonnay Livermore Valley Merrillie

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Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

Named for Steven Mirrasou’s great grandmother, this Chardonnay is a beauty, just like the original Merrillie. A Classic beauty at that, this wine wears gloves, a fabulous hat complete with vintage hat pins, and in a gracious manner, asks politely if you’d like to join her for something a little stronger than tea. Indeed, this wine is seductive, and has nothing to do with tea, although its biscuity nature reminds one of those lovely little scones typically served with a proper High Tea. The picture of Merrillie in the tasting room brings back waves of memories of fabulous portraits of beautiful high society women in the finer museums of Boston. She’s radiant and lovely, and her skin looks as perfect and creamy as this wine that bears her name. The fruit comes from the De Mayo Vineyard in the historic Livermore Valley, a gently rolling 14-acre site planted with the Wente clone. Its 6’ x 6’ spacing means it is densely planted with 1200 vines per acre, and the open canopy helps maximize sun exposure. Imperfect clusters are dropped several times prior to harvest, and leaf and shoot thinning takes place to encourage even ripening. Everything is done to ensure small quantities of perfect fruit, which is then whole-cluster pressed. The wine is barrel-aged for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak and is not fined or filtered. 2004 was a fairly warm and consistent growing year and the wine reflects that with its sunny disposition. The aromas of ripe peaches, creamy pear, figs and Meyer lemon zest are very inviting. You can detect a hint of the 70% new oak, and you just know the mouthfeel is going to be rich. The wine starts out crisp and slightly citrusy, then really comes on with all the flavors of a pear custard tart with a slightly nutty crust and topped with lemon zest. The big, round middle just keeps expanding on your palate, finally turning to lovely peaches and cream, and then, at the very end, just a hint of grapefruit, lime and Meyer lemon. The acidity is perfect and the balance of the oak, just right: like a perfectly fitted bodice over a perfectly asphyxiating corset. I’ll bet Merrillie would have enjoyed this a lot more than tea.(Alc: 14.9%, Retail: $27)


External Review
Vintage: 2004 08/30/2008

Redolent with aromas of fig, lime peel, orange water, and roasted nuts and the brightness of fruit upon entry




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