Helen Turley’s Chardonnay shows nice complexity, particularly on the nose, where nuanced oriental spice, tobacco, nectarine, floral and yellow fruit aromas play with the senses. The palate is mild and balanced, with melon, stone fruit and nut flavors, and a smooth texture to boot. Just a touch of heat shows on the long, dry yet spicy finish.
Nothing vivid or electrifying on the nose, but the fruit on the palate is graced with some elegance and clean blackberry and cassis flavors. Light and smooth, this is a perfect example of a very nice everyday Chilean Cab.
Typically sauvignon in the nose. This confirms that the ’99 whites will be very intense. Herbaceous and grassy as all get-out, this wine is pumped full of grapefruit and green-melon flavors, and is good enough chilled. But it lacks complexity.