“In the buff,” as you might suppose, means no oak, no malolactic. It is nonetheless quite stacked with flavor, thick currents of pear, peach and other stone fruits, and plenty of natural acid to keep it lively in the mouth. This is the sort of honest, no-nonsense wine that Chardonnay rarely can be—more like a sturdy red in the way it coats the tongue and lingers.
Light and pleasant, but not up to the richness of the sensational 2005. This has light flavors suggestive of pineapple, cracker and a hint of mint. It’s pleasant drinking, but generic.