Waterbrook Chardonnay 2008
98% Chardonnay, 2% Viognier
Complex and well-crafted, especially at this price point. Two thirds was barrel fermented, one third in tank; there is also about one quarter new oak and one quarter put through malolactic. The result is an affordable Chardonnay with real style and complexity. Tropical fruit, some toast and texture, good persistence and the right balancing acid.
Light and tangy, this white is crisp with lemony acidity, picking up apple and spice notes on the sharp-edged finish. Drink now through 2013.