2012 Chardonnay, Woolsey Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Hazy yellow-gold. Smoke-accented pear and white peach on the nose, with notes of tarragon and iodine adding complexity. Densely packed orchard and citrus fruit flavors are braced by a strong mineral quality and become spicier with air. Shows excellent clarity and power on the mineral-dominated finish, which is gripping, pure and strikingly long. Note that this wine had not been bottled when I tasted it in March.