The Russian River district is where there is some serious wine action going on these days, and here we have a full monty chardy that will have fans of butterball styles going gaga! It's a rich, fuller-bodied white that has aromas of ripe stone fruits, baked apple pie, butterscotch and vanilla cream on the nose, whilst the palate is fleshy and smooth, with peaches and cream flavours, baked apples, generous licks of toasty oak, and a soft, sumptuous finish. This can stand up to chicken and rich pork dishes.
At first swirl, this wine envelopes the glass with deep aromas of vanilla, toasted almonds,
pear, apple, and spice. After a few minutes of airing, subtle nuances are revealed such
as nutmeg and caramel. The wine is full and rich on the palate showing lots of buttery
characters along with a wonderful core of fruit and complexity. Certainly this is a rich
Chardonnay, however this wine also dances across the palate with firm acidity, leaving
a nicely focused aftertaste. The finish combines the toasty oak, baked apple and pear
themes, culminating with a balanced and velvety mouthfeel.