Tropical fruit aromas of peach and nectarine are delicately woven with lemon zest, vanilla and toast on the nose. This medium to full-bodied Chardonnay is teeming with a vibrant array of citrus flavors, bright acidity and a creamy, silky texture that gives way to a subtle toasty component. The finish of stone fruits and lemon Peel lingers on the palate, complementing the excellent balance that has become a hallmark of the Dijon clones bottling. This wine may be enjoyed now or cellared for up to five years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) Pushed along by loads of creamy oak and caramel in the nose yet nevertheless fixed on the inviting ripe apple aspects of good Chardonnay, this weighty, but very well-balanced wine follows with solid, deeply fruited flavors that similarly display layers of apples, oak and minerals. Firmed up at the finish by an obvious streak of youthful, yet-to-resolve acidity, this attractive bottling is built for better things and can be counted on for several years of positive growth.