The hue of this wine is brilliantly clear, golden straw—a color that dramatically sets the stage for what is to come. The nose is similarly demonstrative, with expressive notes of baked apple and pear, a spritz of citrus, and notes of crème brûlée, roasted marshmallow, clove, and vanilla. It all comes together on the palate with tangerine, lemon, butterscotch, and shortbread cookie flavors. The mouthfeel is Rubenesque in its richness with balancing minerality on the finish.
Enjoy this food-friendly Chardonnay with smoked salmon with lemon aioli and toasted brioche; spot prawns sautéed with garlic, lemon, and parsley; or a Caprese salad with ripe peach slices, basil, and fresh mozzarella.
Each of Sonoma County’s most prestigious regions for growing Chardonnay offers a remarkably distinct fruit profile. Most of the grapes for our 2018 Chardonnay were sourced from these Sonoma County regions: Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley, Russian River, Dry Creek, and Sonoma Coast. In the Alexander Valley, where the days are warmer, the grapes contributed full, ripe orchard fruit flavors of Red Delicious apples and pear followed by a generous mouthfeel. The Russian River Valley brought richness, elegance, and fruit flavors leaning toward the tropical, such as peach, apricot, and other stone fruits.