2011 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid gold. More exotic than the Sonoma Coast bottling, displaying scents of passion fruit, poached pear, honey and almond paste. Then surprisingly taut and focused on the palate, displaying fresh tangerine and tropical fruit flavors and a bracing kick of bitter quinine. Plays richness off of vivacity smoothly and finishes supple, spicy and very long, with an echo of ripe pear.