2013 Boars' View Chardonnay

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2013 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

Elegant and rich, the 2013 Boars’ View Chardonnay offers the perfect balance of Old World classic structure and modern vibrancy. Bright, inviting aromatics of white peaches and honeysuckle carry through to abundant palate of fresh cream, butterscotch, and autumnal pear tartine. Notes of Burgundian minerality dance through the profile and the wine crescendos with a monumentally long-lasting finish.


Warm spring temperatures during the 2013 growing season produced an early budbreak and the consistent, dry weather afforded an optimal fruit set. The favorable conditions seamlessly continued through the summer with consistently warm summer days and cool nights provided by the marine layer that rolls in just below the vineyard. The rain stayed away throughout the summer and into harvest allowing us to pick the grapes at our leisure after an even, textbook growing season — every winemaker’s dream.

Critical Praise 

Rated 94 pts. There is slightly more, about four barrels or 85-100 cases, of the 2013 Chardonnay, which received similar treatment to the 2012. This wine shows notes of poached pear and white peach, has a light-gold color, a nice buttery mouthfeel and well-integrated oak. It reminds me of a Bâtard-Montrachet from France, in its extroverted, exuberant style. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

— Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Rated 93 pts.  A rich, gutsy Chardonnay, with a powerful core of dense fruit and lavish oak, showing a wonderful measure of finesse and refinement. The pithy grapefruit, green apple, white peach and nectarine flavors display a youthful tannic side, sustaining the finish and offering a glimpse of what lies ahead in the next year or two. Drink now through 2023.  

— James Laube, Wine Spectator

Rated 95 pts. Old school style with a high-toned nose of creme brulee, toasted oak and dried pineapple. Full body, phenolic and juicy. This has structure and length. More like a red wine in texture. Lanolin. Hipster. Drink now. 

— James Suckling, James Suckling