The oak is sweet and upfront but well-proportioned to the size of the fruit in this luscious Chardonnay, which comes from a cooler part of Napa Valley. There’s Carneros-like acidity and very ripe, forward pear, peach, pineapple and date nut bread flavors.
With flavors of buttered toast, vanilla, sweet mango and orange jam flavors, this is as rich, ripe and oaky as they come. Finishing with a honeyed accent, it’s made to appeal to consumer’s who enjoy the popular style.
Off a pace from the 2005, this wine tastes too oaky, with caramelized wood aromas and flavors that make it hard to appreciate the actual Chardonnay. If you like that oaky style, it’s for you.