(From «nv» Vintage) Very dry, a lean, austere Chardonnay currently marked by aloof flavors of lemons, limes and oak. Yet there's something going on. As the wine warms in the glass it becomes richer, showing hidden pineapple tart, macadamia and creme brulee. Firm, minerally acidity is there throughout, making for a mouthwatering cleanliness.
(From 2013 Vintage) 2013 Unfiltered Chardonnay reflects the opulence and profound intensity of the vintagewith rich complex and vibrant fruit flavors balanced by savory barrel fermentationinfluences. The aromas of grapefruit, honey, vanilla, brioche and apricot are freshand inviting. The palate is intense and powerful with rich fig and pear fruit flavorsbalanced by subtle creamy oak, nutty savory notes and a long lingering finish.
While most people think of Chardonnay as a fish and fowl wine, we like to pair it withthe unexpected: a grilled veal chop or pork tenderloin. Of course it's also deliciouswith mushroom dishes of all sorts and one of our favorites is risotto with chanterellesand shitakes.
Poured smelling acidic and citrusy right out of the refrigerator. After a few minutes in the decanter we had a bit of butter and some malolactic creaminess. Well balanced, fantastic and classic Napa Chardonnay. We took a while to drink the bottle and it help up wonderfully as it warned up.
Robert ParkerRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/21/2014