John Gilman, View from the Cellar

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“When one starts to wander into the realm of chardonnay, pinot noir and syrah, there are so many superb choices out there these days for traditionally-styled, old school and ageworthy bottlings that it is almost a full-time job to keep up with all the good things going on with these varietals. It is not only the old school estates like Stony Hill Vineyards, Kalin Cellars, Heitz Wine Cellars, Littorai, Joseph Swan and the like who are producing truly cellar-worthy examples of chardonnay these days, as I tasted some absolutely stellar young examples from the likes of Rhys Vineyards and Porter Creek Vineyards that also looked built for the long haul, and with more medium-term cellaring potential, there was a lot to like from folks like Wind Gap and Poe Vineyards in the realm of Chardonnay. “