Opened 2 hours prior to decanting, then left for 2 more in a small decanter. color is ripe lemon yellow. Nose is a little subdued, however there are signs of citrus, peach and yellow apples as well as some smoke. On the palate the same fruit flavours paired with a chalky minerality and butterscotsch indicates a maturing Mersault. Palate is creamy and rich, however the 15% alcohol is extreamly well hidden!
after 4 more hours in the decanter a much more meneral wi,e appears. Crushed chalk, oyster shell and acidity brings us a lot more in Chablis directon.
Very sorry to see this one go. This was the last one tonight. On to the 2010! This wine was served rather chilled. Goldenrod color on the pour. Very appetizing grapefruit, kiwi, melon up front, very good malo/butter thing going on here! This wine was dense with very little acidity up front when cold. Acidity started to peak through when the wine had warmed, but was not obnoxious and actually paired better with dinner. After warming, there was a hint of peach and mango. A very enjoyable wine after a long day at work. I think this one has several years still ahead of it, possibly 7-10 if you treat it right. But, I think the drinking peak is probably right now.
This wine was served at slightly less than room temperature tonight instead of at proper serving temp. Was served as a pop and pour. This bottle had a lot of of lemon and pineapple tonight, very full bodied, the malolactic was intoxicating. Very well done bottle and actually paired perfectly with a seared rare ribeye steak. It didn't seem to hold up quite to the other bottle, but it is definitely a big chardonnay, full malolactic, and just luscious. Serve this Chard to those red wine snobs that swear they can't get into white wine, and they will be forever changed. Drink now, but I really do think this one could probably last another 5 years if aged in the right temp settings.
Followed over the course of a day open. Standard straw/light gold color, clear and sound, average legs. Promising bouquet of brioche, roasted cashew, popcorn, apple, grapefruit, warm bread. Delivers pretty well on the palate (excellent acidity) even with the heavy hand on the oak. A real shiner with food and definitely a nice Chardonnay but it's not giving a $70+, Kistler-like experience. It's scrumptuous and all, but not earth-shattering. If it ever gets discounted >$40, buy. 5+11+17+8 = 91
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