Pyramid Valley Field of Fire Chardonnay 2016
The 2016 Pyramid Valley Field of Fire Chardonnay is a brilliant, pale straw-yellow. Complex aromatics: boxwood and petrichor minerality open without hesitation to ripe white peach, bright pink grapefruit, lime pith, and subtle hints of dried herbs and toasted brioche. A supple and generous roundness which dances across palate. This 2016 Field of Fire is a standout example of power and intensity complimented by incredible poise and a lively, playful length.
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This is the more complex of the two 2016 chardonnays from Pyramid Valley. There’s a gently flinty, biscuity edge to the yellow-peach aromas. The palate is layered and concentrated with pristine yellow-peach flavors, interlaced with fine, stony mineral notes. Brilliant chardonnay.
Notes of honey, toasted grain and pink grapefruit emerge on the nose of the 2016 Field Of Fire Chardonnay. It's medium to full-bodied and plump in the mouth but with vibrant citrus notes (lime, grapefruit) that grow in intensity on the lingering finish.
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