This wine is a mix of the best selections from the estate plantings, including some heirloom selections that define its character and
structure. The nose reveals aromas of toasted brioche, apricot pits, lemon oil, shaved almonds, flower petals and chamomile
infused with honey. There is great concentration, weight and intensity in this Chardonnay with vibrant, focused flavors of honeysuckle,
quince, orange blossom and a touch of apple skins to tempt the palate. This wine is full-bodied, has great length and has
a tangy, citrus finish with tremendous precision and minerality.
"From the very first sniff, this deep and impressively
layered wine conveys a sense of fine composition
and polish, and, for all of its richness and mouthfilling
weight, it is still a bit tight and not yet fully
expressed. Its intense themes of apples and
stones are enriched by deftly placed accents of
vanilla and cream, and, like its mate, it is a serious,
age-worthy Chardonnay that will surely reward a
few years of patience."
"Lemon custard aromas ooze, followed by appetizing wafts of merigue. Zingy juiced lime hits the palate with a start, cushioned by a buoyant, rounded texture. Sweet basil and chamomile form a zen finish. Ommmmm."
"The 2009 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyards wraps around the palate with tangerine, mint, honeysuckle and French oak notes. This is an especially ripe, juicy style for the Sonoma Coast, but it works. The relatively up-front expression of fruit suggests the wine is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni