2014 Geyser Peak Winery Chardonnay, Alexander Valley, USA (750 mL)
This relatively early-season varietal has exquisite subtlety of flavor with floral and melon notes when fermented in stainless steel but takes on richer nutty and buttery components when fermented with oak. Blend components, some aged with oak some in stainless to layer a wine with complexity and depth while still keeping the weight light and refreshing. The cooler growing regions contribute the crisp apple, green melon and delicate floral characters while warmer regions provide the rounder, softer components and cantaloupe, tropical and pear flavors. Aging sur lie brings nutty nuance and a creamy backnote.
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