Oregon: Young vs. old vine tasting & the consumption of Hank, a Scottish Highland steer (Paul's house): This wine just smells more mature than the wine poured along side it. Like an adult, in comparison. Aromas are much deeper, thicker, and more evolved. The palate texture is awesome. Soft, pretty mellow, but without some of the vibrant intensity of wine number 1. Good tartness on the palate, with a soft creamy mouthfeel. Wow, what an explosion of acidity on the finish, with fantastic volume and intensity. Really bright at the end, and those creamy flavors stay with me a while. Just love the intensity and loudness of the finish here, which also evolves over time. Great having this poured along side the first wine as they offer quite different approaches to a high acid attack, but similar enjoyment in the end.
My guess was old vines based upon the "grown up" flavors on the nose, whatever the hell that means. Again, we're guessing here. Upon reveal I was shocked I didn't get this one, because I know this wine well. I should have looked at the color closer, as this is a pretty cloudy wine. Anyway, obviously young vines, under 10 years old. I've always thought this to be one of the better Chardonnay's in the valley.
Bright nose of citrus and apples. Slightly cloudy (the wine is unfiltered). Flavors of citrus, pineapple, apples. Highly acidic, causing the wine to be more dry than I prefer, but then, a bit creamy on the palate. Nice, long finish.
Killer nose, fresh apple meets pineapples, nicely integrated oak on the nose. Great texture, bright apples, star fruit, strong acidity rises up hard on the palate. This acidity makes the finish linger a long time, gripping the mouth hard. Some caramel in the finish, but great strong acids and minerals. I'll be aging mine a few years. Served blind, I knew exactly what this was the first time I smelled it, very distinct nose. 89+
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