Everything in this wine’s presentation, from the price to the waxed seal to the frosted bottle, speaks of its aspirations. So does it succeed? In a word, yes. Aromas and flavors of green apples, tangerine, oriental spice and oak. Reeks of class and style, like a great Italian suit. Young and joltingly tight, with dusty tannins, but should mellow with time.
Shows the slight tug of herbaceousness that often marks Carneros/Napa Chardonnays. But it’s very dry and crisp, and there’s a minerality that helps this lemon- and lime-flavored wine pair cleanly with shellfish, salmon or just a good roast chicken.