This lovely and elegant Carneros Chardonnay reflects both a long growing season and the benefits derived from new Dijon clones in the vineyard. Medium intense green-gold color with green pear, green almond, honey and apple fruit aromas, as well as a fine, lightly nutty aroma from lees aging. Medium-bodied, with typical Carneros Chardonnay aromas, and also fine subtle vanilla oak character. Bright acidity combined with creamy richness gives this wine a lengthy finish. A wine of excellent personality.
This small section of Northern California is situated at the base of both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Carneros has made its reputation with its Pinot Noirs, which are filled with strawberry, cherry, spice, and chocolate, and are very rich and seductive. Chardonnay is also excellent, very buttery but not too fat.