Quite nice. Has gained elegance. But definitely time to drink. Caramel apples, wafts of the tropics, and maybe a touch of cotton candy, kind of like a Vouvray. Lacking acidity, perhaps, but very smooth. Perhaps a touch too woody.
This wine is a guilty pleasure. I am certainly not much of a California Chardonnay drinker, and that is certainly what this is. You can taste a little too much wood for my taste, but there is a nice puckery freshness, and a real depth. I remember a few years ago there was a lot of tropical fruit, that is still there, but now it's poking through the slightly caramelly underbrush. Better acidic backbone than I would've said it had a few years ago, which is I think what really makes it turn the corner. Went very well with a moderately spicy pad Thai, and was good after dinner too.
Ann really liked this, so I picked up a few more bottles on close-out, and she still really liked. I thinks its good, but not great. Smoth and creamy, and a little bit of tropical fruit balanced with decent acidity. Very nice golden color. A tad too much wood on the finish mars it for me. But on the whole, for around $20 on close-out, good deal.
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