With both another gorgeous summer night in the big smoke and a need to clear valuable cellar space it was time to drink. This wine, according to Cellartracker was a year overdue drinking, which I doubted was accurate, but still made it a prime candidate for consumption. This wine was purchased on one of my many jaunts through SFO airport on route home. The $55 was for sure excessive at the time, and some years later makes me question my sanity, but I bought it none the less. So here we are, a lovely southern Napa Valley Chardonnay uncorked and beckoning us to enjoy.
A brilliant straw colour greeted us with almost a smile. Serving it between 15c & 16c allowed the nose to be ready on pouring. Floral notes and soft tree fruits like peach and apricots start your senses. The wine is soft but still fruity with hints of honey and lemon. Elegant is a very good way to describe this. Elegant and polished. Maybe this was fifty-five well spent dollars afterwards. Unlike most of its Californian brethren, this wine was not buttery as malolactic fermentation was not allowed. Overall this was a pleasure, and even with the cost worth every penny.
The CWG Subjective Rating is 88 out of 100.