I like oak in chardonnay, as long as its good oak and as long as the chardonnay has balance. This wine carries its oak perfectly. The aromas are classic cool climate chardonnay with hints of lime, pears and wet stone with a strong underpinning of creme brulée and sweet oak. The fl avors are rich but nicely balanced by clean, fresh acidity... mouthfilling with a long finish. This stands with 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2008 as among the best chardonnays I've made from Bien Nacido. If you like it and you like to age it, please put some in the cellar for at least 10 years, I certainly will.