med yellow. Closed up for first hour. Then it opened beautifully, showing power in its complex bouquet. Palate not as showy but with very good energy. This deserves a few more years before opening next bottle and quiet contemplation then.
Blind Dinner at Browntrout (Browntrout - Chicago, IL): Served blind. Wow, what a funky nose at first. Some cheese-y notes, peach, truffle, and cream. Definitely fooled me here - definitely didn't guess the South Island of New Zealand. Liked the palate a lot. It had a touch of creaminess that got most of us thinking it was a warmer climate. The lower acid seemed to give the wine a subtle texture...which in turn made the body plush. Lemons/limes with a subtle touch of peach and florals made this quite enjoyable. Another great bottle from Pyramid Valley.
Blind Dinner at Browntrout (Chicago, IL): Served blind. A lot of weird bottle funk on the nose initially that blew off after a while. This was originally quite spicy and weird, with an oily texture on the palate. Based on the texture, I would have said this was a Rhone varietal, but there was enough freshness and acidity that that wasn't a good guess either. Did not even come close to guessing this was a chardonnay.
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