The 2004 Monterey County Chardonnay shows cool climate freshness in the fruit, along with good viscous texture and body, which is typical of our longer growing season. The wine has the classic citrus-pineapple tropical fruit aromas of our region, combined with luscious pear flavors, crisp acidity and bright floral aromas. The oak (a combination of French and older American barrels) is beautifully integrated with the fruit. Impressive up front, the wine shows a very long, elegant finish. Our 2004 Chardonnay is an excellent complement to livelier seafood dishes, such as a Crab Louis salad; grilled sea bass; or firmer cheeses such as Pecorino Sardo, Cantal, aged Vermont Cheddar, or a young goat cheese like Montrachet.