2005 Matanzas Creek Winery Chardonnay Sonoma Valley
Tasting Notes :A top offering, the 2005 Chardonnay is a 23,500-case wine that enjoyed 95% malolactic fermentation as well as eight months in French oak (only 32% new). Smoke, lemon oil, white currant, white peach, hazelnut, and orange rind aromas jump from the glass of this 2005. It displays terrific fruit and purity, but little evidence of wood.
Wine.comA first glimpse of the wine reveals a pale, straw color, quite typical for a sophisticated Chardonnay. The firstnose brings a delicate blend of green apple, white peach, and acacia flower, with a surprising addition of theautumn fruits pear and quince. After a swirl, the second nose reveals a more mineral note of crushed stones, themark of an exceptional Chardonnay. The palate is round and velvety with a prolonged, flavorful finish of honeyand melon. There is also a unique and subtle hint of smoke, derived from basalt, an ancient ocean floor rockfound in Bennett Valley's soil. Although this Chardonnay was crafted with 95% malolactic fermentation, it is far from a heavy, buttery wine.FranÃ§ois strives to create an elegant wine which is expressly crafted to complement the food. In addition, he isable to preserve the fullest potential of the Chardonnay fruit by employing a Champagne-style vinification thatis gentle on the fruit during crush and prevents any bitter note in the finish. If allowed to age, this winepromises to further increase in minerality and develop a luscious, butterscotch character.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 94 (excellent)<br/><br/>Drinkability: young, aging quickly, could be good now<br/>