This Chardonnay from the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County is made from Dijon Clones and has a distinct flavor profile with distinct nuances that you would not expect to find in a cooler climate Chardonnay. Very ripe and fruit forward in it's approach, this wine showcases aromas of lemon curd, buttered toast, baked apple, and over-ripe pear. On the palate the wine continues it's ripened fruit explosion with flavors of orange marmalade, pear, honey suckle, apple spice, and touches of dried apricot. It appears to be laced with a little residual sugar and has a long, toasty, apple-pear finish. Like I said in my live tasting below, this is not my favorite style of Chardonnay because I don't feel it would pair well with food, nor does it speak to me in the way of dynamic complexity. By that I mean it has loads of jammy marmalade and sweet fruit flavors, but has little to no minerality or terroir. I don't feel as though this wine speaks of it's soil or micro-climate and feels a bit over done. However, this wine might be perfect for a person looking for a Chardonnay that's very fruit rich and slightly sweet. 85-86 points
Watch me taste this wine live!