Matanzas Creek Chardonnay 2005
from Sonoma County, California
A first glimpse of the wine reveals a pale, straw color, quite typical for a sophisticated Chardonnay. The first
nose brings a delicate blend of green apple, white peach, and acacia flower, with a surprising addition of the
autumn fruits pear and quince. After a swirl, the second nose reveals a more mineral note of crushed stones, the
mark of an exceptional Chardonnay. The palate is round and velvety with a prolonged, flavorful finish of honey
and melon. There is also a unique and subtle hint of smoke, derived from basalt, an ancient ocean floor rock
found in Bennett Valley's soil.
Although this Chardonnay was crafted with 95% malolactic fermentation, it is far from a heavy, buttery wine.
François strives to create an elegant wine which is expressly crafted to complement the food. In addition, he is
able to preserve the fullest potential of the Chardonnay fruit by employing a Champagne-style vinification that
is gentle on the fruit during crush and prevents any bitter note in the finish. If allowed to age, this wine
promises to further increase in minerality and develop a luscious, butterscotch character.
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