94 Points Wine Enthusiast - *Cellar Selection* This collaboration between American winemakers Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton and Japanese entrepreneur Takahide Sugimoto is stunningly high-toned and buttoned-up at first, with sour cream, yogurt, crushed ant, gunmetal, flint and quinine elements on the nose. The palate is complex and fascinating, with chalk and cement minerality bolstered by lime blossom, kumquat and tonic that opens graciously with time. Drink 2016–2026.
92 Points Robert Parker - A big, rich and decadently styled white that checks in at 16% natural alcohol, the 2013 Chardonnay Samurai possesses a medium-gold color to go with slightly reserved notes of butter apple, orange blossom, toasted bread, buttered cream and spice. Full-bodied and gorgeous on the palate, with lots of glycerin, richness and texture, it stays nicely focused, never seems cumbersome or over the top, and has a heady, blockbuster-style finish. This is certainly not for those craving lightweight aromas or flavors, yet it's impeccably balanced and the texture is just terrific. It needs food and I suspect will drink nicely for 4-5 years. It took plenty of time to open up, so give it 30-40 minutes in a decanter if drinking anytime soon.