The classy-clean 2017 Frenchman Hills bottle. It has a tan capsule and label on a semi-clear brown bottle. The capsule states winemaker "B.Leighton" and the label says "SIXTO FRENCHMAN HILLS CHARDONNAY, WASHINGTON STATE, 2017"

2017 SIXTO Frenchman Hills Chardonnay – 1.5L

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Also Available in 750mL Bottles

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Scores & Tasting Notes

Its pedigree is apparent. Exciting reveal with energy to spare. Cherry blossom, Japanese pear, nutmeg and nori comes to mind as the exceptional palate goes to town carrying on with more mystery and pleasure that only this wine can deliver. –Winemaker Charles Smith

94+ Points – Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

“From more basalt soils, the 2017 Chardonnay Frenchman Hills is another beautiful wine from this team that was fermented in a mix of puncheons and concrete and aged all in barrel. Lots of minerality, honeyed golden apple, brioche, and subtle caramelized lemon notes all flow to a medium-bodied, vibrant white that has bright acidity, plenty of richness and depth, and a great finish. It’s another age-worthy effort that will benefit from bottle age.”

93 Points – James Suckling

“Plenty of sliced apple and pear aromas with hints of cream and vanilla. Full-bodied, layered and nicely oily with a long, flavorful finish. Dried fruit and candied lemon at the end. All about purity of fruit. Drink or hold.”

90 Points – Vinous/Tanzer

“Bright yellow. Slightly reduced aromas of yellow stone fruits and nutty, toasty oak. Rich, ripe and a bit fat; offers very good mouth feel but not quite the depth of fruit or subtle complexity of the Moxee or Roza Hills Chardonnays. Finishes with a slightly dry phenolic edge, good length and a touch of baking spices.”

Vineyard – Frenchman Hills (100%)

(100% Chardonnay, Washington State White Wine, 14.5% Alcohol)
Frenchman Hills was planted in 1998 and is about a 30-minute drive north of the Wahluke Slope, which is one of the warmest areas in the Columbia Valley. However, Frenchman Hills Vineyard is a cooler site, partly because of its higher elevation at1650 feet. It also does not easily frost, and the limestone and broken basalt soils at the top of the vineyard were not affected by the Missoula Flood that ravaged much of Eastern Washington some 12,000 years ago. Because of the slightly cooler aspect, grapes hang longer without accumulating excessive sugar (and thus, higher alcohols) while still managing to retain beautiful acidity.


2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for heathy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.

About SIXTO Chardonnay

Inspired by the story of musician Sixto Rodriguez. Winemaker Charles Smith similarly wanted to resurrect something that was always great, but was waiting to be rediscovered, as in the old Chardonnay vines in Washington State. Being the sixth label that Charles has created—sextus translates to “sixth” in Latin—the name SIXTO was a perfect fit.

Read the full story about SIXTO, pioneering Chardonnay in Washington State.

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