Pears and cinnamon direct the aromas of this wine. Flavors of ripe apples, almonds and a hint of vanilla are broad across the palate. In the mouth there is a richness that is balanced by the citrus finish. Citrus blossom and heady aromas of Asian pear, peach, lilac, and nectarine intermingle with quince and mineral notes. Subtle toasty oak gives way to rich flavors of ripe pears, brioche, peaches and cream, and nutmeg spice, followed by a long mineral finish. Very nicely-focused and delineated in the mid palate. Drink now or for years to come. A great example of a concentrated and zesty Russian River Valley Chardonnay, grown in a very cool year, with grapes grown by Joe Rochioli from one of the iconic vineyards in the area.
"Bright yellow-gold. Poached pear, lemon curd and vanilla on the highly perfumed nose. Lush and weighty on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering potent orchard fruit and floral flavors and a sexy vanilla note. Displays a suave blend of richness and vivacity and finishes with impressive thrust and clinging spiciness."
International Wine Cellar
"Amid Williams Seylem's iconic Pinots, don't overlook their Chards; smooth, dense and ripe with creamy texture and sweet oak; focused and long with lovely intensity."