The first thing you notice about the 2018 Chardonnay is its lovely green/gold color. Then it’s the oh-so-promising aroma: a little toasty, a little lemony, some stone fruit. Sure enough, on the palate, the wine delivers as promised. And then some. It is firm, crisp and full simultaneously without being the least bit ponderous. In spite of its power, it maintains a graceful, elegant stance in perfect harmony with a succulent mid-palate. The second half of the wine transitions seamlessly to a long, clean, crisp and altogether lip-smacking finish. The overall impression is one of bright flavors, youthful vigor and superb structure.
Dry-farmed fruit from estate vineyards atop Spring Mountain aged nine months in (55% new) French oak. Vanilla nougat and lemon cream are discernible, as are apricot notes on the middle of the palate. Leesy and sensual, with vibrant star fruit imparting crispness. A gorgeous, glossy, and elegant vintage.
- Tasting Panel, 94 pts.