July 16, 2016 - 13.2% alcohol. This emphasizes ripeness, richness, and concentration with aromas and flavors of pineapple, lemon curd, golden apple, creamy oak, and roasted nuts. There is plenty of density and power here, but with enough acidity to counterbalance. This wine really benefited from a good chill/cool serving temperature, as it helped to keep the wine from veering into fat or flabby territory. Probably best consumed over the next 1-2 years.
July 3, 2016 - pop n pour. buttered popcorn on nose and palate. creamy and oily on palate. baked apple and a strong acidic finish that makes this enjoyable and balanced. I hoping for a bit more complexity, considering the price, and hope with air and time this unwinds.
more air - more minerals. still popcorn. also some quince and bitter lemon.
June 21, 2016 - awesome. wife (blind): "tastes like liquid gold"
agree with the comments that this doesn't have quite the zip of other rhys chards/other years... but it has minerality overload, slight tropical note, apples... day 2, widening out (wife loved this progression, I saw it relaxing too quickly) - slight cider notes, mushrooms, mossy redwood forest, ewoks.
great wine. go ahead and enjoy it - lots to appreciate, and my best guess is that it's relaxed into its highest form already (no reason to wait)
June 9, 2016 - Golden in color. Creamy nose of tropical fruit and honeysuckle. Tropical fruit and pears on the palate. Very round, low acidity. Seems to be on fast evolutionary track - but very enjoyable.
May 9, 2016 - This wine was singing. Lighter body and so so smooth. Awesome.
May 6, 2016 - Lovely Chard with similar tasting notes to previous bottle, with perhaps more lively acidity than I remember.
May 4, 2016 - As fantastic as this was on release, I have to agree with some of the recent tasting notes by others that the oak is dominating, and I'm not sure it will get absorbed. Acidity is pretty good. This may not really have anywhere to go, and I would opt to drink these sooner rather than later. Not a bad wine, but just too dominated by the oak (though I believe only about 25% new was used).
May 3, 2016 - Very nice, though this bottle was similar to my last and I think it's time to start drinking these.
April 11, 2016 - Beautiful- just like the Giants winning 3 out of 4 from the Dodgers and the Warriors crushing San Antonio in San Antonio! Life is great!
March 13, 2016 - Leo's Blind Tasting Group - March '16 edition (Gil's): Wasn't a fan of this a few years ago, and I'm still not a fan now. Served blind this screamed California Chardonnay with a ripe citrus fruit profile (riper than the '07 in the same flight which had me guessing Burgundy), intense oaky and vanilla notes around the fruit, and lighter herbal accents. Good enough acidity, but I can't get past the oaky imprint here.