After hand-picking, whole cluster pressing, and complete primary malo-lactic fermentation in the barrel (which are 50% new French), the wine was aged sur-lie for 12 months. The final product is a wine of balance and restraint with underlying power. You can smell and taste the flinty soil. After bottle aging for a year the limey, lemony flavors and aromas are starting to become more apparent.
"Beautiful, with less noticeable oak, the 2010 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard offers beautiful typicity with ripe apple, mineral, toasted nut and hints of flowers to go with a fresh, lively and awesomely pure and detailed palate. Clean, elegant and with building richness, it has a layered, multi-dimensional palate feel, great acidity and a focused finish. Classy all the way, it’s a great Chardonnay! Enjoy it over the coming 4-5 years, although it will probably evolve gracefully after that as well."
The Wine Advocate