The hazy yellow hue is evidence of subtle stirring of the lees and bottling without fining or filtration. The rounded, rich mouthfeel is intertwined with the crisp acidity and stony minerality that is an expression of the high elevation and cool coastal climate. Pretty floral aromas of lemon blossom, chamomile and honeysuckle are balanced by hints of toasted hazelnut and honeycomb. On the palate Bartlett pear, golden delicious apples are layered with subtle baking spices, that linger through the long, full finish. This well-integrated and finely-structured Chardonnay will continue to evolve for many years.
94 Points – Wine Spectator
“Powerful and rich, with intense, juicy flavors of apple and butter, flanked by butterscotch notes. Savory accents linger on the intensely spicy finish, layered with creamy and buttery hints. Drink now through 2025.”—K.M.
“The 2017 Chardonnay FRV is rock solid, offering a ripe bouquet of caramelized tangerines, golden fruits, honeycomb, and brioche. With medium to full body, a fat, opulent texture, and a big finish, it’s a powerful, nicely balanced Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming couple of years.” — Jeb Dunnuck