This is the last bottle of two lots of six total bottles purchased in 2011 and 2012. Every bottle, to include this one has been exceptional and this particular bottle is very complex: spicy apple cobbler, tons of butterscotch, creamy meringue, creme brûlée, and juicy melon. Balanced, nuanced, and layered; great creamy mouthfeel and a strong finish. It's been fun to enjoy the wine the last three years. I'm hesitant to say any wine is the best I've ever enjoyed, but this has to be one of the top three Chardonnay's I've had to date. Probably good through mid-2015. Enjoyed with pan seared salmon with shrimp pesto linguine. Outstanding!
There isn't much more I can say about this wine that I haven't said in prior notes over the last 18 months. It's really in a good place right now with fruit, oak, and acid all in perfect harmony. This has mellowed and gained some nuances over the last year and a half. Probably one of the best examples of a "classic" California Chardonnay that I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Outstanding.
For those CA Chardonnay fans, this is one of those wines that is so impressive, once you've had it, you'll seek it out. I bought a couple of bottles of this in 2011, throughly enjoyed it, and bought more when I saw it on sale recently. An exceptional wine with butterscotch, butter, and cream. Very silky and balanced. This will last easily through 2014.
First, this wine probably has more time left on it than the 2011 date the community said. Smell light citrus and mellon. Taste butter, cream and toasty oak. Smooth and round, with fruit and acidity that is in balance with the butter. This is a chard for those who like classic big Cali's. Definitely not Burgundian. I have two bottles left in my cellar and see no reason to rush to drink them.
Color is late summer straw. Mellon, citrus zest, ripeness on the nose. Full, really full mouthfeel, with baking spice, cream, butterscotch lifesavers and a finish that just continues to go on. I'm a red drinker, but this is the best Chard I have had.
Bought this based on a quoted review that put it at 93 points - and I can't argue. Buttery without going overboard, smooth, fruit is present but not overbearing, lightly acidic, great nose. I am not a Chardonnay fan (bought this wine for my wife, who also liked it), but I could drink this one over & over!
Full bodied with a deep golden color. Immediate notes of butterscotch, butterscotch, and more butterscotch! Just a classy wine with a creamy and silky texture with creme brûlée, melon and vanilla cream on the palate. A very complex and refined structure that ends with a long creamy finish.
This is an outstanding Chardonnay that is full bodied and a deep golden color when poured. Notes of vanilla and exotic spiciness on the nose. The texture is creamy and silky on the palate with flavors of butterscotch, creme brûlée, melon and vanilla cream on the palate. A very complex and refined structure that exhibits a very smooth creamy finish. Enjoyed with marinated baked salmon.
Tasted in blind chard tasting. One guy really liked it, but I didn't quite get it. Could be just my palate. I thought it had nice fruit and vanilla and was balanced, but I also found it a little fat and short on acidity for my taste. I also thought it was much better through midway point and then got a little too hot. A solid wine, just wasn't quite the knockout I thought it would be, and at $36, not worth it.
Classic RY chard with loads of fig, baked pear and toasty, super-creamy vanilla/butterscotch oak. Could benefit from a little more time to integrate the oak but certainly nice in a polished, classic CA style.