Light yellow-gold. Leesy, spice-accented aromas of orange, poached pear and iodine, with notes of chamomile and honeysuckle adding complexity. Sappy, chewy orchard fruit and pineapple flavors are braced by tangy acidity, picking up a smoky quality with air. Lush and creamy but also firm, with very good finishing cut and focus. This wine's balance and energy are impressive.
The 2009 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains is made from declassified barrels from the Horseshoe and Alpine vineyards. It is a round, textured wine endowed with gorgeous aromatic complexity and fine balance. This is a rather soft, seamless style that emphasizes the accessibility of the fruit over the more prominent minerality that is found in some of the estate’s other wines. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. (AG)
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