16 Mar

High Scores for 2013 McIntyer Pinot and Chard

McIntyre just received some great reviews for their 2013 Estate Chard and Pinot from Glen Frederiksen of Wine Lines.

2013 MCINTYRE ESTATE CHARDONNAY, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
Wine Lines rating: 92 points
Although this is a young wine, all the flavors and aromas have already melded together in harmony. It’s a full-throttle California Chardonnay, exhibiting rich nose impressions of smoke, toast, spice and butter, all wrapped around light scents of nectarine, sweet lime, and tropical fruit. Despite its bigness, this white shows a refinement more associated with Old World Burgundies. It is delicious on its own, but would also be a marvelous foil for a seafood pasta with Alfredo sauce.

2013 MCINTYRE ESTATE PINOT NOIR, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
Wine Lines rating: 90 points
The Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, on the east-facing side of the mountain range in Monterey County, has developed a reputation for being a world-class region for Burgundian varietals. This wine is a translucent dark coral/ruby color, hinting at the concentration and extraction in this bottling. Fresh berry scents are upfront in the nose, leading to darker cherry cola and chocolate impressions, followed by a kiss of clove. It is light, boisterous, and juicy in the mouth, showing an elegant, silky texture. At the end, some earthy, youthful grip pops up.