Lemon notes in the nose, crisp but balanced on the palate with excellent minerality complementing the lemon creme and pear core. An excellent choice for those who don't go for the big tropical fruit-bombs. Elegant and versatile.
closed in at first, then, 24 hours later, wow and double wow. such balance, finesse, delineation--delicious.
At this point, the wine has come into its own. It is quite intense, but it is well balanced and has excellent acidity. It was just great with scallops simply grilled served over lightly sautéed sweet corn, red onion and jalapeno with some melon on the side. Yum! I'd say it's a 4.5 and likely to stay there for several years. BTW, I agree the wax is a pain, but if you hold the palm of your hand on it for several seconds before using the corkscrew it works pretty well and you can corral the pieces pretty well.
A good Central Coast chardonnay
I hate the wax (or is it plastic) that envelopes the cork. However, getting through it is worth the effort. The wine is excellent. Good fruit, beautiful balance, long and rich finish. This is a wonderful food wine.
Well, I'm a few months short of the year I intended to wait before trying another bottle, but it seems to be warranted. For me, this has opened considerably. It is an intense wine with good lemony notes and evidence of new, but not excessive, oak There is a good core of orchard fruit and excellent acidity. It really does seem to marry California opulence with Old World minerality and restraint. Very nice Chardonnay! I think it will continue to improve for a few years. Should be a 4.5 now.
like the wine, hate the bottle seal
I like this wine, but won't order it again. It has a heavy waxy seal over the cork which can't be removed without having it break in pieces. I even emailed the winery to ask for suggestions for removing it w/o having it shatter in many pieces - the person responding suggested just driving a corkscrew through it and it would be lifted off with the cork, but I still get small pieces everywhere. Very annoying!
large massive wine but well layered...would buy again
Needs Cellar Time
It seems to me that all the elements are there, but that it's a bit tightly wound now and closed. I'm going to wait a year and we'll see.
Valentines day with Cod
Light, nice flavor. Also had the Chateu Turcaud (more fragrance).
lots of butter
a little too oak-y buttery for me, and i like oaky buttery california chardonnays - but i musy say it got more complex and so better after 30 minutes of air, uncorked
still, only average
Decent Wine - Terrible Seal
A solid chardonnay when you finally get the plastic off the top of the bottle and uncork it. I almost cut my hand several times wrestling with the stiff and intractable closure. This was someone's very bad idea.
not as good as the hype...
Crazy plastic seal
I have already rated this wine, but forgot to mention the annoying bottle seal. What's up with the plastic? A REAL PAIN to get to the cork, with bits and pieces all over the place. Very bad idea.
I have yet to go wrong with a wine access recommendation. This one is no exception. It is good, but maybe not quite as good as promoted in the email. I know this has nothing to do with the quality of the wine but the bottle is very hard to open. It has some type of hard plastic encasing the top of the bottle. I thought it a little strange and distracting to the whole drinking experience.
Something is missing in the flavor, or lack thereof. Maybe I just have a preference for Santa Lucia chards, but I am disappointed in this purchase, especially for the price. I find the Parker rating of 92 a real stretch.