This one exceeded expectations! Layered tropical fruits on foundation of subtle butterscotch. Good acidity - almost minerally - kept the wine fresh. Held up very well over 90 minutes of drinking. Plan on enjoying my remaining bottles over the next 2 - 3 years.
At home before going out for dinner, celebrating 20th anniversary, wanted to open something unusual.
Consistent with prior notes, if you drank this wine blind you would never guess it was a 14 year old Calif Chardonnay. Deep gold color, was getting lemon zest, oak and petrol when first opened. Evolved into a more complex caramel and maple. Palate is rich with butterscotch, caramel, pears, orange/tangerine, honey and toasted oak. Full bodied, medium/long finish. Gorgeous wine, testament to great wine making at Newton. My last bottle but this will drink well for another 3+ years.
Forgotten in a pristine cellar, this bottle was opened on New Year's Eve to accompany broiled Australian lobster tails (served with drawn butter). The match could not have been more heavenly! Medium-to-deep yellow-gold in color, it offers aromas and flavors of tangerines, butterscotch, maple, caramel and toasty oak. Full-bodied, round, unctuous and hiding its substantial alcohol (14.9%) well, the wine builds in the middle and closes long. What a surprise this well-cellared bottle provided. I virtually never enjoy Chardonnay in this style...unless it is on New Year's Eve and is paired with the perfect food. Drink now.
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