Light gold straw, intense and seamlessly integrated aromas of white peach, orange peel, clementines, toasted oak and fresh cardamom stream from the glass. On the palate, flavors of honeysuckle and orange blossoms are enriched with notes of fresh roasted almonds. Supple and elegant, with balanced acidity, great depth, volume and focus, this wine is the consummate expression of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.
- Wayfarer Vineyard,
- Ritchie Vineyard
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2014
Lemon, almonds, spices, butter and French oak blossom effortlessly in the glass. A creamy, voluptuous, full-bodied Chardonnay, the 2012 boasts superb depth and volume all the way through to the oily, textured finish. Here, the heavy toast barrels are in evidence, but the wine seems to have more than enough stuffing to handle the oak. I can't wait to see how the 2012 ages.
James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 2014
Intense, with pure, rich, vivid pear, apricot, apple and spice notes that take on a cedar and hazelnut edge on the finish, gaining length and depth. Ends with a burst of anise and smoke.
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #216, December 2014
The wine exhibits plenty of honeysuckle, ripe apricot and peach notes in a tropical, intense, exotic style.
- Bibiana Gonzàlez Rave
- September 12 to October 9, 2012
- December 19, 2013
- May 5, 2014
The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After settling overnight,
the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native yeast barrel fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 85% new Francois Freres and Remond French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees, which were stirred weekly.