Bright and sunny in the glass, this Chardonnay greets you with immediate wafts of ripe honeydew melon, papaya and paper whites. The mouthfeel is flirty and slightly acidic with a good backbone to carry the rich flavors of white peach, vanilla, dill, tropical fruits and dried thyme to the long finish. It lingers as it started, with a smile, and draws to a bright, crisp conclusion. A wonderful wine for summer, or any fowl, fish or vegetable pairing.
The fruit for this wine came from a highly regarded grower in the center of Napa. Chosen from three blocks with different clones that highlight both aromatics and fine acid structure, it was aged for 9 months in French oak barrels, about 30% new and the remainder second use and older.