A classy-clean wine label with a yellow background and black text, reading: "SIXTO. Frenchman Hills. Chardonnay. Washington State. 2018."

2018 SIXTO Frenchman Hills Chardonnay

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$55.00
Also Available in 1.5L Magnum Bottles and Previous Vintage
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A classy brown bottle of wine with white wine inside. A beige capsule on top and beige label with black text on front.

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Charles Smith

“Golden-hued, beautifully aromatic and inviting from the first sip, then rewarded with passion fruit, apple blossom, pie crust and gunpowder in a kaleidoscope of flavor. Medium-bodied with an understated suggestion of richness that brings this single-vineyard to a resounding crescendo.”

Vintage Notes

The 2018 vintage was incredible! This outstanding vintage began mild followed by a long and dry ripening season in the fall. This enabled us to hang the fruit to reach optimal ripeness without losing acidity or increasing sugars. The wines from 2018 are exceptional in many ways, from the great expression of the whites to the beautiful refinement and complexity of the reds. Enjoy!

Winemaking

Varietal Breakdown: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Washington State
Vineyard(s): Frenchman Hills (100%)
Production: .1 tons per acre | Native yeast | 100% whole cluster pressed | 50% concrete tank fermentation; 50% 105gal neutral puncheons fermentation | 21% new French 105gal puncheons | 17 months barrel-aged on lees
Wine Analysis: 5.8 g/L titratable acidity | 3.47 pH | 14.0% alcohol | No residual sugar

Current & Past Scores

94+ Points – Jeb Dunnuck (v2017)

“...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 (v2017)

“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.”

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