2004 CHARDONNAY RESERVE, Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast: LIBRARY
Expansive aromas of perfumed peach blossoms, orange melon, apricot crumble and caramelized hazelnuts lure the senses, leading to a core of complex flavors built around lemon curd and delicately spiced poached pears. This golden hued wine has a seductively soft texture that is perfectly balanced by just the right amount of lively acidity and minerality, characteristic of the vineyard. The initial roundness evolves seamlessly through the long, elegant finish. This sleek and well-structured Burgundian-style wine will continue to evolve for many years.
94 POINTS: WINE ENTHUSIAST
At the age of four years, this Chardonnay is losing its primary fruit character and picking up rich, complex aged notes of glazed cashews, baked pineapple and dried peaches and apricots. It’s also very spicy. Really fascinates the palate, offering a different experience each second, and should continue to interest for several more years.