A pleasant-enough new world chardonnay with the typical profile of toasted oak and stone fruit. The finish has a touch of alcohol burn in addition to the spicy oak. It may be a bit in decline, although I still enjoyed it quite a bit.
Held a casual wine night with friends w/ the following quick notes on the wines:
2010 Failla Chardonnay - 88, yellowing in color and with fruit a bit faded but enjoyable.
1999 Nickel & Nickel Sullenger - spoiled
1995 Lewis Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - 90, Very enjoyable w/ cigar box notes at the forefront.
1997 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon - 90, mature with much oak and earth.
1999 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon - 89, smooth and very integrated. I'd say past prime but still enjoyable.
2002 Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - 90, surprisingly youthful fruit w/ nicely integrated tanins. Easy drinking.
1996 Beringer Vineyards Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - 91, probably the biggest surprise of the night. Retains some nice tart berry notes along with a complex nose, fully integrated tannins, and a nice long finish. Fully mature but probably will hold for several more years.
2011 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon - 92, Youthful and juicy and at the same time has great balance. Yum!
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