Enjoyed as one of the introductory white wines earlier this evening during the social get-together prior to the main tasting at the Hickory Wine club. Overall very good but very oaky and buttery, stylistically very typical for big high-end Napa chards. Smooth, medium mouth feel, silky, surprisingly complex. Nose primarily of oak with hint of vanilla and flowers. Primary flavors definitely of well balanced oak and butter with complex burnt sugar and some orange and citrus. Well made wine but not to my taste, I prefer a drier and crispier style of white.
4th taste now, and I had to increase the score. Melons and apple are coming through and a hint of acidity that wasn't there before. This vintage may be peaking.... Still holding its full oak, malolacitc oilyness but some how less centerstage to the fruit and acid. Perhaps it's the meal of pollo asado con mojo, and eating out on balcony in 80 degree weather. (Wine is chilled)
Definitely butery and oaky, but not quite cloying, although that may be atributable to my amatuer palette. The first time I had this was via my Bounty Hunter wine club, and I found much more overwhelming than this last time, probably becuase I was following a drier white (can't remember). This is a full throttle voluminous chardonnay. For a similar flavor but exponentially better execution and balance is the Viognier based Turley "white Coat" '03 I tasted with a Pan-Asian lobster dish. Had what I like about this but with elegance and crisp semi-dry finish. EXCELLENT wine (the Turley)...if you can find it.
Everything I find unpleasant in over-oaked Californian Chardonnays was in this bottle: Over the top butter and oily viscosity. It had the table begging for a crisp wine. Thankfully it was a gift. Just not my style of wine.