Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from USA
Review Date : 18-Nov-2014
Brilliant, light golden-yellow colour with straw hues, paler on edge. The nose is softly full and voluminous with harmoniously integrated layers of ripe yellow stonefruits melded with nutty oak and lemon curd MLF, unfolding creamy barrel-ferment and complexing oxidative detail with aeration. Medium-full bodied, rich and luscious flavours of ripe and juicy stonefruits are the feature on palate. An array of complexing nuances unfold, showing nutty oak, butterscotch, lemon curd and creamy barrel ferment characters. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth flowing with some alcohol power driving the palate. Soft, ripe acidity adds to the roundness, and the wine carries through to a long, lingering, elegantly dry finish. This is a rich, up-front, creamy Chardonnay with layers of stonefruits, nuts and butterscotch flavours. Match with poultry, pork and veal over the next 4 years. Fruit from Sonoma County, from sites in Carneros, Chalk Hill, lower Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley, the wine 77% barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc., and aged 7 months in 40% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 18.5/20 Nov 2014 RRP $29.99

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