A superlative expression of the Chardonnay grape that focuses on what can be accomplished when the balance between the quality of fruit a vineyard produces and a winemaker’s talent comes together in harmony. With this wine both teams perform well above many of their competitor’s releases for the same vintage and the results are apparent. For a non-aromatic grape this one has aromas that will make you swoon if you enjoy meltingly ripe spicy pear aromas that meld with the minerality of a clear mountain stream cascading over wet granite boulders. The taste will confirm that the aromas were not all hype, delivering an avalanche of fresh apple and silky pear, nutmeg spice and fresh vanilla bean flavors. A long slightly citrus and saline finish goes forever and has you salivating for another sip. There are so many great culinary applications for this wine it would be hard to go wrong. My picks would be fresh lobster, crab, sautéed halibut or roasted fowl of any kind. Aged cheddar cheeses and desserts like Crème Brûlée will also be an excellent pairing.
Rating: Excellent (93) | $70 | 14.6% ABV
…and if you enjoy interesting white blends, try Signorello’s white blend from Napa.