Our Chardonnay style emphasizes the fruit and terroir with integrated oak while dialing up the brightness and structure of the wine. It is refreshing, compelling and complex. This wine shows notes of vanilla, creme brulee and honey on the nose, balanced by spice, orange blossoms, and hints of peach. The palate is bright with crisp acid, but balanced and round. There are hints of spicy oak with orange, tangerine and a bit of apple. It has a bright finish of honeyed oak.
"One of the best values in these new releases is the 2011 Chardonnay Sonoma. There are 4,500 cases of this $25 Chardonnay that goes through 100% malolactic and is aged in 100% French oak (only 7% new). A gorgeous wine for the price, it offers lots of honeysuckle, white currant and caramelized citrus notes along with beautiful purity as well as fruit. The oak is largely absent in the aromas and flavors, and this beautiful, mid-weight, intense Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next few years. "
The Wine Advocate