One of the first of the high end 2001 Chardonnay offers to arrive, Flowers has once again produced a tremendous white. "This vintage of our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is immediately captivating in its aromatics. All the regular "players" are here including an abundance of citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), tart green apple, and our distinct floral signature. Supporting cast members include fresh brioche, subtle wet-stone minerality, and an intriguing caramelized crème brulee character. The palate ...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIntense, well-ripened aromas of Gala apples and sweet pears are here buttressed by complexing notes of caramel, vanilla, chalk and a dollop of roasted grain. Potent but not heavy, fairly full in body yet balanced and quite rich, it is solidly structured and very long in engaging aftertaste. It certainly has room to grow, and it certainly will last three to six years with ease, but such patience is not in the least required.