89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
Hazy gold. Pungent, deeply pitched aromas of poached pear, fig and lemon curd, with a smoky overtone and a hint of iodine. Lush, palate-coating orchard fruit and honey flavors show good heft and pick up a hint of anise on the back half. Sappy and clinging on the finish, which features notes of chamomile and toasty lees.
Carneros straddles the borders of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys on the north coast of San Pablo Bay. This appellation has thin soils and receives little rainfall. As the sun heats up the vineyards and mountainsides of Napa Valley to the north, the rising hot air draws cool air and fog over Carneros from the ba Read More »
The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed... Read More »
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