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Professional Ratings: 89 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Central Coast, California
Item no. 31253
The fruit for the 1999 Chardonnay was selected from three of the four vineyard blocks. Winemaker Philip Zorn conducted the fermentation in 60 gallon oak barrels, of which 35% were new. Complete malolactic fermentation occurred naturally, and lees were stirred periodically throughout the aging process. The finished wine exhibits aromas of tropical fruit and ripe apricots, accentuated by a hint of vanilla oak. Flavors of apple and pear fill the mouth, lingering on the palate with soft touches of hazelnut and butterscotch.