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DONUM ESTATE CHARDONNAY "YEAR OF THE MONKEY", CARNEROS 2016
NVWE Notes: Immediately appealing, the aromas of this luxurious yet zesty Chardonnay are a perfume of lemon sorbet, pineapple core, lemon curd, lime, apple and pear skin, peach tart, melon rind, toasted meringue, vanilla wafer, brioche and hazelnut nougat, with accents of orange blossom and yellow rose. All of these elements roll-out on the palate, where plush texture, creamy oak and zesty fruit are in harmonious counterpoint. The finish is generous, youthful and lingering, with baked apple and baking-spice notes chiming-in. Expect this terrific wine to become even grander over the next few years. 240 cases produced.
Powerful acidity backs the freshly cut apple, pear and citrus avors. Elder ower and jasmine accents show midpalate, featuring a juicy nish that vibrates with savory intensity. Drink now through 2024. 271 cases made. K.M.