The wine exhibits baked pear and apple notes with lemon custard and sandalwood aromas with a
hint of anise. In the mouth the wine adds orange blossom and toasted almond notes. The rich texture is complemented by
crisp acidity, leaving a long balanced finish.
This wine begs to be consumed with fresh Dungeness Crab, Cream based pasta
dishes and nutty cheeses.
"The top value is the excellent 2008 Chardonnay Overlook, 75% of which is accessed from Sonoma and 25% from Santa Barbara. Its medium straw/green color is followed by notes of poached pears, cloves, white currants, and nectarines, pure fruit, medium to full body, and a good finish. It should drink well for 2-3 years. Winemaker Eric Stern judiciously uses wood as a complementary seasoning, which is evident in all these Chardonnays."
The Wine Advocate
"Yellow-gold. Musky aromas of ripe pear, peach and pineapple; a real fruit cocktail on the nose. Round but dry, with lush pit fruit and melon flavors and a touch of sweetness. Fairly straightforward chardonnay with good finishing breadth and gently sweet persistence."
International Wine Cellar
"Green appley scents with a hint of the sweet/tangy side of fresh pineapples are joined in the nose by a suggestion of roasted hazelnuts. Somewhat rounded on the palate to start with underlying acidity adding its own perky voice to the rendition, this wine picks up a slight chalky texture that is in need of foods like roasted chickens or grilled salmon filets in order to show well."