Aromatics of slight mineral, apple, pear and caramelized sugar open this elegant, medium-bodied Chardonnay. The balanced palate of pineapple and coconut leads to a seductive, creamy vanilla finish.
The mild winter allowed the vines to remain in good shape throughout the cold months. In May, one to two weeks before bloom, temperatures spiked to 100 degrees for about a week. The heat spike led to a smaller canopy which allowed for more light penetration, and contributed to good flavor development in the fruit. The hot temperatures also contributed to smaller berries with concentrated flavors. During fruit set the weather conditions were favorable and the summer saw mild to average temperatures. Veraison started 10 days ahead of average. At the beginning of harvest, temperatures were moderate, and September weather was ideal for harvest.
Wife and I each took 1/2 a glass down before giving up... one of the worst wines I've ever tried (and I've tried a lot!) Coconut-Pineapple finish is like eating metal.
We normally drink higher rated, more expensive chardonnay, but were surprised to find such excellent complexity of nose and flavor at this price point. Ordered several more bottles.