Nose

Lemon, butterscotch, melon, pear and a hint of spice.

Palate

Medium mouth feel with nice fruit and acid. Crisp pear, mineral, pineapple. Steely style with very good fruit. Lots of clean Chardonnay fruit.

Growing Conditions

The 2010 growing season in Monterey County was the coolest since 1998. Cool weather in May led to a protracted bloom and set. Many growers were finding that they had above-average crop loads until a very unusual 108-plus degree heat wave came in August, just after veraison. Riesling and Pinot Noir were hard hit with losses of 20 - 30 percent, while most other varieties were much less affected. Many grapes, especially Chardonnay, were harvested roughly 1-1.5 degrees Brix below average due to a cool September and October. Grape acidity was nicely preserved, and extended hang time has resulted in nice peach, apricot and other stone fruit flavors in the wines

Appearance

Light golden straw