2007 was in many ways an ideal year for Winemakers. We enjoyed a long growing season with moderate temperatures and low yields in the vineyards. This provided us with a small crop of grapes with highly concentrated fruit flavors and well balanced acidity.
Our 2007 Monterey Chardonnay is assembled from specially selected vineyards primarily in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations of the Salinas Valley. These two areas contribute certain aroma and flavor profiles that when blended, produce an extraordinary wine. Arroyo Seco with its gravelly soils is known for its bright apple and pear flavors with perceptible mineral notes and rich texture. The Santa Lucia Highlands are cooler with deep, well-drained soils producing wines with intense citrus and tropical fruit characters and a crisp, focused structure.
This superb wine is the perfect expression of Monterey Chardonnay. Aromas are expressive of apple and pear with notes of crème brûlée.
The palette is very rich with many layers of ripe tropical and citrus fruit flavors accented with toasty oak nuances which linger on a long, creamy finish.
I like oak, I like buttery chardonnary, but this one had too much oak and was too sweet.
I agree a 100% with Veritas (the other reviewer here). This is not a 92 pt wine. Its just too sweet.. Tastes like a $7 bottle of Chardonnay. Waste of money, and time.