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LEWIS CHARDONNAY BARCAGLIA LANE VINEYARD RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 201
Smooth-textured, with plush honeydew, honeysuckle, pear and apricot notes, ending with touches of lemon, green apple and ginger. Long and clean. Drink now. 500 cases made. Issue Jul 31, 2016. JL
NVWE Notes: If always grand-scale, the Barcaglia bottling is even more notable for it’s intense zest and obvious aging potential. The nose of the 2014 is a super-dense marriage of lemon sorbet, Fuji apple, pineapple core, Meyer lemon marmalade, mock orange, shortbread, merengue and toasted hazelnut scents. The wine’s lush body and rich oaky spice are fully evident on the palate, where pie crust, brioche and hazelnut flavors create a pretty veneer over a more intense core of lemon sorbet, lemon zest, Fuji apple and white peach. This beauty will prove ultra-satisfying right now if served with a great seafood entree, yet it’s true level of excellence won’t be revealed for another three years or so. 500 cases produced.