A lemon-lime crème anglaise is brought to mind during the post-swirl sniff.
This complex Chardonnay hits you with layers of fresh mandarin orange zest, white peach, melon and candied lemon. Spicy nutmeg, vanilla pot de crème and toasty notes are balanced by bright acidity and an intense, mouthwatering, long finish.
Vineyards: Pahlmeyer Estate Vineyard, Atlas Peak Vineyard
It was not fined or sterile filtered; bottled on Aug. 16, 2010
The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native yeast barrel fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation.
The wine was aged in 90% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees, which were stirred weekly.