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Sunday, February 26, 2012

2009 Alysian Westside Farms Clone 4 Chardonnay

This is the first vintage for the Westside Farms Chardonnay under the Alysian label. The fruit is sourced from block 3 of the Westside Farms vineyards located along Westside Road in western Sonoma County. The wine is 100% barrel fermented in 100% French oak barrels for a total of 9 months.

On the nose I get beautiful aromas of lemon curd, guava, créme brulée, baking spice, and nectarine pit. It's a classic Chardonnay fruit-bouquet that expresses the essence of the fruit rather than the toast and oak spice.

On the palate this wine expresses flavors of ripe lime, mango, lychee fruit, honey, toast, and just a touch of wet stone. This Chardonnay has a nice ripe core of tropical fruit flavors, and I love how the fruit outshines the oak barrel treatment. It's a real juicy effort and actually tastes a bit like delicious white table grapes. There's also a freshness to this wine and a bright acidity that helps the wine pierce the tongue and finish really long. 91 points

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