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The nose reveals aromas of toasted brioche, apricot pits, lemon oil, shaved almonds, flower petals and chamomile infused with honey. There is great concentration, weight and intensity in this Chardonnay with vibrant, focused flavors of honeysuckle, quince, orange blossom and a touch of apple skins to tempt the palate. This wine is full-bodied, has great length and has a tangy, citrus finish with tremendous precision and minerality.
93 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Jan. 2012): “From the very first sniff, this deep and impressively layered wine conveys a sense of fine composition and polish...”
92 points, , “Publisher’s Picks”, The Tasting Panel (January/ February 2012): “Lemon custard aromas…Zingy juiced lime hits the palate…”
91 points, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (May 2012): “Ripe apricot and orange blossom aromas, with deeper notes of mirabelle, honey, white chocolate and spicy oak. Round and spicy, with very good depth and palate presence...”
91 points, California Grapevine (November 2011): “…crisp, flinty citrus and green apple flavors…right acidity…balanced…”
90 points, Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker, Jr. (February 2012): “…wraps around the palate with tangerine, mint, honeysuckle and French oak notes. This is an especially ripe, juicy style for the Sonoma Coast, but it works.”
Just 12 barrels were made of this stunning Chardonnay. Drink now or hold 4-5 years.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.