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Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar
Region: Napa Valley, California
Other Info: Boutique Wines, Collectible Wines
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%
Item no. 121985
I'm always more interested in trying a young white wine where the color is a pale yellow green as opposed to dark yellow gold shades. Color is important; it is an indicator of brightness and freshness, the attributes I think one should look for in a white wine. This definitely has the tell-tale healthy shade touch of yellow but mostly shades of green. There is a very pure, clean and fruity component to the nose. Certainly wood is not obvious, yet it is present as a subtle spice to the richer and more prominent fruit components. Ripe Chardonnay exhibited as pear, honeysuckle and even light citrus defines the youthful aromas. Behind lies a richness from sur lee aging, that illusive note which allows barrel-fermented Chardonnay to stand out. Flavors are surprisingly bigger than the nice might indicate. Acidity is high but beautifully balances a rich, almost sweet sappiness. Minerality abounds, as in a good Chablis. This is a wine for food. There should be years of positive development to look forward to.
The 2010 Chardonnay is utterly impeccable and gracious. It boasts incredible finesse and textural balance in a clean, mineral-driven style. Smoke, slate, citrus and mint are some of the notes that flow through to the finish. This pure, unadulterated Chardonnay is simply stunning. It also happens to be very reasonably priced considering the quality. The Chardonnay is fermented in French oak barrels (10%) new, and the malo is blocked. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.
(just 10% new oak): Bright yellow-green. Cool, youthfully medicinal aromas of lime, mint and menthol. Dense, refreshing and bone-dry (just 0.5 grams per liter, according to Ric Forman), with captivating minty lift to the flavors of lime zest, menthol and mineral dust. Almost metallic in a Chablis-like way. This bracing chardonnay should be fascinating to follow over the next decade. 91(+?) points