The attractive, high-toned aromas are of citrus blossoms, pear, green apple, vanilla, lemon oil, anise, clove, graphite, and clean mineral. A bit tightly wound initially, the mouth-watering acidity belies the full body and concentrated, sweet lemony fruit. As the wine opens up, the inherent richness and flavor intensity rise to demonstrate the quality and longevity of the vintage. The unfolding flavors are of ripe apple, citrus, clove and caramel on a long, mineral-laden finish.
"Lots of fresh, zingy acidity in this dry, young Chardonnay, and the steely minerality gives it a tang of cold metal. There are tantalizing hints of ripe citrus fruit and apricots. Give it 4–5 years in the cellar to come around. "
"Tight and flinty, with mineral, lean apple and spice flavors that are slow to unwind, but gain depth and personality as they do. The floral aroma carries over nicely to the palate, expanding on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2020."
Light & Crisp
Cheese > Creamy
My new benchmark California Chardonnay. Enjoyed this with friends before dinner the other week. They are Rombauer fans and they loved this less-oaky style. Perfect balance of fruit and wood, long finish, simply yummy! Definite buy again!
Fruity & Smooth
First tried the 2008 a year ago and would've given it 5-stars. Opened a bottle recently, and some of the wine's character was replaced by acidity. It may have passed its prime. This is an unoaked chardonnay, so it is not buttery like most CA chardonnays.