(From 2001 Vintage) Winemaker Duane Dappen testifies “the 2001 harvest was an excellent year for Napa Valley Chardonnay across the board. The wine has intense nectarine and pear fruit with just a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg and toasted oak aromas. The wine is so full-bodied it is almost decadent and its length carries through the big oaky vanilla finish.”
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesElements of ripe apples and a hint of creme brulee in the nose make for a fine start here, and the wine follows with like-minded flavors that emphasize moderately deep and well-defined appley fruit. Smoothed early on by a touch of glycerin and slightly fleshy in feel, it finishes with a scant edge of youthful coarseness, and it will benefit from another year of age that should bring it a bit more refinement.