This is a big, ripe, rich and oaky Chardonnay, the kind that will seduce lots of people with sheer dazzle, although only 135 cases were produced so it’s likely to be hard to find. Dry and crisp, it’s concentrated in pineapple tart and peach marmalade flavors, accented with plenty of sweet, smoky oak, and brightened with crisp Monterey acidity.
Showing oaky flavors of vanilla, butterscotch and buttered toast, this Chardonnay has the brisk acidity of the Arroyo Seco appellation. The flavors are of pineapples, oranges and limes.
The grapes didn't get quite ripe during this cool vintage in the cool Arroyo Seco. As a result, this Syrah is dry and acidic, yet curiously high in alcohol, with a vegetal and mint edge to the blackberry fruit.