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Orders are available for pick-up at Restaurant Nicholas at 160 Route 35 South Red Bank, NJ 07701 during the following times:

Monday: 9:30-3:30; Tuesday – Friday: 9:15am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday: Closed


Cru Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2021


I’m going to let you in on a little secret before it becomes big news: there is a new Chardonnay star brewing in the Santa Lucia Highlands.

This is only the second vintage that Cru Winery has made a SLH Chardonnay, but if this is any indication of what’s to come, they’ll be mentioned amongst the Kistlers and the Rameys before too long.

Here’s their big secret- the Cru SLH Chardonnay is really a single vineyard bottling and from a pretty outstanding site at that. It’s certainly no entry-level bottling. It comes exclusively from the heavily-marine influenced Smith & Lindley Vineyard in the SLH which is perched on the terraces of the SLH Mountains.

This is a cool climate Chardonnay, but with tons of sunlight but here’s where they get their edge. The vineyard gets hit hard by afternoon winds coming off the Pacific. Those winds slow down photosynthesis leading to a long growing season and allowing fruit to mature slowly on the vines for a rich, full-bodied and vibrant Chardonnay expression.

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93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Delicately pleasant aromas of peach and lime pick up a rocky edge on the nose of this bottling. The palate is tense and salty, with peach and baked-pear flavors slipping into a long, slightly savory finish.