A glimmering, pale straw gold color delights the eye while aromatic floral notes join with ripe apple, apricot, citrus and oaken vanilla. Tropical fruit bursts on the tongue - mango, and papaya, accented with gingery spice. Barrel fermented and aged seven months sur lies in French oak, the wine brings toasty oak into harmony with luscious fruit and spice. Simultaneous alcoholic and malolactic fermentations produce a wine with breadth and texture, but with uncommon balance and elegance. Subtle butter notes on the nose let the rich fruit show through, while a backbone of crisp acidity brings all the flavors into focus. Our 1998 Chardonnay finishes full and creamy and can be expected to age well for several years.