“Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years”. The opening line to my favorite LL Cool J song and how I am feeling about my return to blogging. Due to demands at work I just didn’t have the mental capacity for writing. I have still been posting on Instagram however, as it is quick and easy to highlight what I am currently drinking. Now that I am starting a new chapter and have left big city life behind, I am looking forward to getting back to writing and expanding my wine knowledge.
For my comeback post I thought it would be fitting to feature a wine from my favorite winemaker, Charles Smith. When I think of Washington wine he is at the forefront. Known for deliciously edgy, in your face, and unconventional wines, there is a reason he is referred to as “Superstar” and “Rockstar” regularly in the industry. I had the pleasure years ago of having Charles pour his wines for us at a Zagat tasting and have always made a point to buy wines under his numerous labels. Sixto is his sixth wine label, focusing only on Chardonnay, and is made with fellow winemaker Brennon Leighton.
I recently purchased Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2014 for two reasons: 1. It’s from Charles Smith so I have to check this out cause it’s going to be impressive. 2. I drink A LOT of Chardonnay. From my tasting notes: In the glass it is a true golden color with aromas of crème brûlée and vanilla sugar. On the palate this wine has fine acidity without being overly tart. Think ripe, juicy pineapple with a fresh mineral finish. For those who don’t like butter bomb Chards this is a solid choice. This is more medium bodied with an alcohol content of 13.5%. Sixto Uncovered is reasonably priced at under $40 and earned 94 points from Wine Spectator as well as a spot on their 2017 Top 100 Chardonnay list.
The other Chardonnay wines under the Sixto label are from designated vineyards of Frenchman Hills, Moxee, and Roza Hills. I am looking forward to trying these in the future and seeing what the differences in place will add to each wine. Check out this Chardonnay and tell me what you think in the comments. Additionally, try some of my other favorite wines from this winemaker including K Motor City Kitty Syrah, Kung Fu Girl Riesling, and Boom Boom Syrah.