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WHITE ROCK CHARDONNAY "ESTATE", NAPA VALLEY 2015
NVWE Notes: There is an almost “1970s” style and mouth-feel to this delicious Chardonnay. The nose, focused by a “riverstone” mineral undertone, marries scents of baked green apple, honeydew melon, lemon curd, tangerine, lime zest, white rose, brioche, nutmeg and hazelnut to create a sleek, concentrated melange. It is as firm and racy as expected on the palate, where the aromatic elements fan-out and linger, while juicy notes of peach and pear join in at the end to more fully dominate the mineral hints. Certain to improve, it is beautifully balanced dinner wine right now. 305 cases produced.
The 2015 Chardonnay comes across more like another style of French wine, a Chassagne Montrachet, possibly a premier cru. Slightly more dramatic fruit is obvious, and the wine has good acidity, beautiful purity, less minerality but more white peach, apple blossom and honeysuckle notes. This medium to full-bodied wine is just a beauty. Drink it over the next 3-5 years.