(From 2013 Vintage) This Chardonnay is non-oaked to express the pure fruit flavors of Chardonnay and the terroir and personality of the vineyards from which it originates. The grapes were hand harvested in the cool of the morning and gently pressed whole-cluster, minimizing skin contact to retain freshness and vibrancy. All of the juice was fermented in 100% stainless steel and a portion was then allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation for additional texture and character. Battonage (stirring of the lees) during sur lie aging imparted further complexity and creaminess.
Ripe pear, fresh peach and autumn quince mingle with warm hazelnut and toasted almond in this classic Chardonnay. The balance of fruit, oak, texture and varietal character concludes with a long, clean, lingering finish.
My husband will only drink Chardonnay (unless he is in Paris). This is the best (least inexpensive/in a pinch wine) we can agree on.
paired w mango Stilton v nicely done - subtle oak so flavors not overwhelmed
paired w Drunken Goat cheese a subtle varietal not overly oaked
Good blend of floral and tropical fruit for a Reiesling.
Blackberry, cassis, spicy oak
Smooth buttery finish...
From Katie for Christmas
Robert ParkerRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/20/2014