Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

San Luis Obispo Small Production Urban Winery

Chardonnay

Wine Enthusiast • 91 Points • September 2018

Stephen Dooley

Source: Wine Enthusiast • September 2018

2016 Chardonnay, Edna Valley

Salted apple and white peach aromas meet with a lemony edge, hint of toast and flash of sandalwood on the nose of this bottling. There is strong energy to the sip, where tangy waves of lemon candy meet with warmer flavors of pan-seared apple.

- Matt Kettmann

Vinous • 91 Points • September, 2015

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2013 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyards

Pale, green-tinged gold. Smoky, mineral-accented aromas of yellow apple, iodine, jasmine and lemon zest. Juicy and pliant, with bracing acidity and chalky mineral character enlivening its ripe citrus and orchard fruit flavors. A refreshingly bitter lime pith quality adds lift and bite to the long, focused, penetrating finish. - Josh Raynolds

Vinous • 90 Points • September, 2015

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Source: Vinous • September, 2015

2013 Chardonnay, Edna Valley

Light yellow-gold. Fragrant, mineral-accented scents of fresh pear, jasmine and honey, plus an enlivening hint of ginger. Spicy orchard and citrus fruit flavors are given lift and focus by tangy minerality and pick up a fennel nuance with air. This penetrating wine finishes with strong cling. - Josh Raynolds

Wine Enthusiast • 91 Points • September 2014

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2012 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyards

There's slight buttercream alongside nectarine, Gala apple and just-ripe melon in this offering from Central Coast veteran Stephen Ross Dooley, who sourced the historic Bien Nacido Vineyard for this wine. Once sipped, the balance between Key lime pie flavors, present but not overly brisk acidity, and a tad of bit-terness emerges. Pair with cedar-planked salmon topped with mango salsa. - M.K.

Wine Enthusiast • 92 Points • September, 2014

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Source: Wine Enthusiast, September, 2014

2012 Chardonnay, Edna Valley

Glazed apple and pineapple sorbet frame the nose on this offering from Central Coast veteran Stephen Ross Dooley, who makes his wine in one of San Luis Obispo's only urban wineries. The wine is very full and soft on the palate, with round, traditional Chardonnay flavors and a satis-fying balance between ripe, rich fruit and lingering acidity. The finishing flavors feel more oak-derived than acidity-fueled. Cellar Selection. - M.K.