(1998 Vintage) Rich concentrated aromas of baked apple, smoked hazelnut, and apricot. The palate is filled with intense flavors of ripe peach, nectarine, and guava. The oak flavors are well integrated and enhance the structure. There is a nice mineral edge to the lingering finish. This is a showy wine with very approachable flavors that should continue to evolve complexity in the bottle for the next few years. Alcohol 14.3%
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1999 Vintage) Simply spilling over with rich oak spice, ripe fruit and close to pungent toastiness in the nose, this unrestrained display of all-out winemaking is every bit as big, fat and unsubtle in flavor as promised. Late-arriving acidity counters the wine's tendencies to corpulence, and the slightly edgy finish gets a little coarse and overly keyed on oak. Fans of blockbuster Chardonnays will be more than happy here, but another year of softening should make a good thing even better.
Wine & Spirits(1998 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(1999 Vintage)