From memory over dinner last night, and I am fairly certain this was the bottling. While I liked the fruit and expression of the wine, as it's in the leaner camp, there was some toasted oak on the aromatic that is also at play. I'm coming pretty close to the place where I am really well anchored into the chardonnay camp where the wine is done in some kind of vessel that eliminates the oak signature--concrete, old wood, whatever it may be. I liked this wine but take my comment about the toasted note into context.
Slight marshmallow with great rich fruit on both the nose and the palate. This strikes a great balance of being hugely flavorful, while being medium bodied and silky smooth in the mouth. This is just really delicious. Provides the best of several different worlds. Not super acidic, but there is enough to give it an energy and brightness. I don't know if it will be the longest lived wine, but I think this is still improving and is not peaking. Nice mild mineral note on the finish.
I spotted a local wine shop and grabbed a bottle based on its strong pro reviews (RP 94, ST 93, WS 92, RJ 93). The wine didn't disappoint in the least, though I thought it wasn't the perfect pairing with Cathy's delicious chicken in sherry cream sauce dinner, which usually works best with an oaky chardonnay. Sandhi wasn't, but I think this would go great with fish or chicken without a rich and heavy sauce. The only downer was when I went back to buy the rest on the shelf, someone else beat me to it. Arrgh
Lemon curd, white vanilla, creme brûlée. Oak was sticking out awkwardly at first, but by Day 2 was better integrated. Better with food at this point, but should do well with 2 or 3 years of bottle age. Very rich palate with citrusy acidity cutting through. Would probably give this 92-93 with a bit more time.
Pale yellow in color with a very complex nose filled with poached pears, guava, papaya, mango, orange rind, lemon, some roasted nuts, with some hidden mineral components. On the palate the wine is smooth with layers of sweet fruit, great acidity, and great minerality. An oily textured mid-bodied wine that is tightly knit, utter balance, quite impressive.
Clear, bright, medium depth straw color with thin watery edge. Citrus, honey, pear, stone/mineral aroma of average length and fine character. Med-dry, adequate sugar, smooth. Fresh acidity (citric). Full body with generous alcohol. A developing wine, balanced and correct