Bright straw in color. Aromas of marzipan, hazelnuts, salted caramel, lemon zest, pear cobbler, hint of smoke, fresh papaya, and underlying notes of green slate minerality. Unctuous mouthfeel, with balanced acidity and compelling structure followed by notes of pineapple and bright citrus.
"A keen bite of acidity works in this flashy Chard’s favor, balancing the richness and giving the finish life and zest. It’s tremendous in tropical fruit, peach jam, honey and buttered toast flavors. A fancy, impressive wine for drinking now. "
"The 2011 Chardonnay Bennett Valley has a bit more freshness and vibrancy than the straight Chardonnay. Lemon, grapefruit, crushed rocks, flowers all flow through effortlessly to the pointed, chiseled finish. An energetic, bright Chardonnay, the Bennett Valley captures the essence of 2011. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni