2012 Boars' View Chardonnay

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2012 Boars' View Chardonnay

Boars' View Estate
Sonoma Coast
100% Chardonnay
Pure Wente Clone
16 months in François Frères French oak barrels [ 100% new ]
Thomas Rivers Brown

Extravagantly rich, the wine wraps the senses with gorgeous aromas of honeysuckle, white peach, apricot, and pear. Elegant notes of crushed rock and a fine minerality complement the ample fruit profile and complete this exquisitely structured, Burgundian-styled wine.


An incredibly abundant vintage, the 2012 Sonoma Coast growing season was long and moderate with no intense heat spikes nor heavy rain. While a near record amount of fruit was brought in throughout the Sonoma Coast, the Boars’ View vineyard was cropped to less than two tons per acre in order to preserve the quality of the fruit. The classic growing conditions of the 2012 Vintage allowed the grapes extended hang time on the vine allowing them to fully mature.

Critical Praise 

Rated 95 pts. A creamy, fleshy style, with rich flavors and fresh acidity. Subtle tangerine, nectarine and green fig notes fold in gracefully and build on the finish, revealing more toasty, smoky oak details on the finish.

— James Laube, Wine Spectator

Rated 94 pts. The gorgeous 2012 Chardonnay The Coast, produced from the Old Wente clone, reveals a straw color with a hint of light gold, along with beautiful notes of honeysuckle, white peaches, apricots and pears. Cutting a broad swath across the palate, it is a clean, pure, impeccably well-balanced, somewhat Burgundian-styled white with the California purity and ripeness well-displayed. It should drink well for a decade.

— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Rated 94 pts. This is a fruit-forward style with plum, ester and floral aromas that follow through to a full body and pretty velvety tannins. Persistent finish with polished tannins. Drink Now.

— James Suckling, James Suckling