This golden Chardonnay finely balances layers of intense fruit with the natural acidity and minerality characteristic of the Fort Ross coastal climate. Generous aromas of white flowers, autumnal pear, and honeydew melon lead a complex palate of succulent apricot, sweet peaches with a drop of honey and spiced hazelnuts. Bottled unfined and unfiltered contributed to the seamless silky texture and lengthy focused finish.
TOP 100 WINES OF 2011 #28 - WINE ENTHUSIAST
95 Points - WINE ENTHUSIAST - October 2011 Issue
A brilliant Chardonnay. Almost nothing quite like it out there. Great, zesty acidity makes the mouth water, and oak is strongly there but perfectly vindicated by the power of the underlying flavors. They suggest ripe pineapples and tropical fruits, peaches, honeysuckle and a firm, stony minerality that has to come from the soil. For all the richness, the wine is terrifically dry. Editors’ Choice. —S.H.
★★★★★ EXCEPTIONAL - RESTAURANT WINE
Elegantly flavored... slightly fuller (than 2010); an exceptional wine: full bodied, complex in flavor, and long on the palate, reminiscent of a medium rich white Burgundy (Cote de Beaune). It tastes of apple, lemon peel, baked bread, vanilla, and spicy oak. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. 863 cases.