(13.7% alcohol; 100% barrel-fermented, then aged in 10% new oak): Good bright yellow. Pretty aromas of apple, pear, wet stone and soft herbs, lifted by a citrus peel element. Clean, sharply delineated and penetrating but boasts a round texture in spite of its bracing acidity. Subtle grapefruit and pear flavors linger impressively on the perfumed, very subtle aftertaste. This chardonnay was picked around September 12, allowing it to capitalize on the cool growing season. Very polished wine but with the intensity for a slow evolution in bottle.