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.
Clear, light gold. Fragrant nose of pineapple and peaches. Full bodied and layered palate, butterscotch and tropical fruits, long with good acid backbone. Paired beautifully with grilled swordfish. Very, very good.
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