94pts Wilfred Wong
The relatively new Petaluma Gap AVA—designated on December 7, 2017—has generated plenty of buzz in the industry. The 2018 Chappellet Calesa Vineyard is an outstanding wine. This wine deftly combines mineral notes, tart stone fruit, and perkiness. Enjoy its length and persistence on the palate with clams and linguine in white wine reduction sauce with crushed black peppercorns and thinly-sliced garlic. (Tasted: April 21, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Chardonnay Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard has a very pretty, delicate nose with touches of floral perfume and quince that float over a core of spiced peaches, hazelnuts, cut hay and lemon cream. The medium-bodied palate takes its time to unfurl to spicy, perfumed fruits, rounded but fresh and lively, with a long, layered finish. Lovely.
The 2018 Chardonnay Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard shows the more reserved side of Chardonnay. The 2018 is bright and lifted and is all about savory and mineral infused energy, while the citrus-driven fruit is very much in the background. Saline notes give the 2018 much of its persistence and overall feel. Drinking window: 2020 - 2026
92pts Jeb Dunnuck
Brought up in just under 40% new French oak, the 2018 Chardonnay Calesa Vineyard shows a pure, elegant style as well as caramelized grapefruit, white flowers, and salty mineral-like aromas and flavors. Bright, juicy, and medium-bodied, drink this balanced, lively Chardonnay over the coming 3-5 years.
Seamlessly balancing lovely textural richness with finely tuned acidity, this radiant Chardonnay offers alluring aromatics of tropical flowers, guava, orange zest and quince, with underlying hints of crème fraiche and sweet baking spices adding nuance and poise. On the palate, flavors of bright citrus and mango glide across a supple, creamy texture, with the acidity providing lift and focus to a long, high-toned fruit finish.