Our 2009 Chardonnay opens with big tropical aromatics of papaya, Asian pear, and tangerine. Subtle French oak aging adds soft sandalwood notes and background complexity to the the aroma. The flavors of this wine are bright and fruit-forward; juicy red apple, mango, and brioche, complement a zesty tangerine acidity and a hint of white chocolate that comes from aging the wine on its winemaking yeast. This "sur lie" aging also lends a silky crème brûlée mouthfeel. Finishing with bright lemon and toasty French oak, this is relaxed California Chardonnay at its finest.