The wine has a pale straw gold color. The nose is a complex mix of apple and pear fruit aromas as well as earthy, chalky and nutty aromas. The aromas open up with 20 minutes or so of airing in the glass. The same can be said of the flavors which are initially subdued. The flavors are similar to the aromas. The wine has a chalky texture, but ends with a lingering and satisfying finish.
Serve with shellfish such as mussels and oysters, as well as seafood pasta dishes like clam linguini.
"The grapes come mainly from the Rancho Santa Rosa vineyard, which is a great one, source to many top-scoring Chardonnays over the years. The wine is brisk, tart and clean, with rich, dramatic flavors of pineapple, lime, honeysuckle and buttered toast. Really elegant and wonderful, and should blossom through early 2012."
"Bright yellow-gold. An expansive bouquet of mango, pear and Meyer lemon, with complicating floral and spice qualities. Pliant orchard and tropical fruit flavors stain the palate and are given spine by tangy acidity. The finish is smooth, gently sweet and quite persistent. I like this wine's blend of richness and vivacity."
International Wine Cellar