Distinct aromas of ginger and lemon zest are joined by toasty coconut, melon and caramel alongside a mineral, flinty cedar chest oakiness overlaid by notes of honeysuckle. In the mouth, a well balanced wine with a solid acid backbone is rich, medium to heavy in weight with a broad yet still firm mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering and notable for a touch of spice and upbeat, lively acidity. Flavors of lemon, apple, pear, pineapple and cantaloupe —the full array of Sonoma’s cornucopia of fruit, joins a nutty, spicy, lightly oaky profile that stakes out a unique territory sure to please those who love Chardonnay.
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) You can feel and taste the cool weather during this vintage in the citrusy acids, steely minerals and sleek, streamlined flavors of Meyer lemons and nectarines. Barrel fermentation adds needed richness. Good price for a dry, sophisticated Chardonnay.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine(2006 Vintage) "Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine ( ) in the October 2010 issue. If somewhat citrusy and stiff
Wine Enthusiast(1997 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.