The nose of this Reserve Chardonnay offers splendid notes of yellow bananas, golden delicious apples, ripe pears, peaches and pineapple backed by hazelnut and vanillin extract notes. On the palate, this super rich, unctuous, finely textured wine begins with yellow stone fruit, guava, Bartlett pear flavors as well as the signature "crème brulee" flavor carried through a long, lush and lemony finish. In keeping with the history of this bottling, this wine is made by hand selecting the finest barrel Chardonnay lots based on the fruit intensity and texture. This impeccable Reserve, which continues to be a top-scoring wine year in, year out, has rapidly become a favorite for very demanding white wine drinkers. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014
"Perfumed floral, honeysuckle and creamy oak join ripe pear and apple scents to give this elegant, full-bodied wine a complex and delicate aftertaste, turning smoky. Drink now through 2013. 4,600 cases made."
"The most honeyed, evolved, and biggest of this quartet is the 2006 Chardonnay Reserve. Possessing loads of tropical fruit as well as buttered, smoky hazelnuts, good acidity, and a long finish, it should be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years. -Robert M. Parker Jr."
The Wine Advocate
"Light lemon yellow hue. Light scents of lemon curd and honeydew. Soft and creamy showcasing flint and mineral impressions with a lemon-lime twist. Tart banana peel and light oak emerge in the finish with a generous backing of acidity and pleasant minerality."
The Wine News