An undiluted, crystalline, yet thoroughly American Chardonnay with little in the way. The fragrance is an herb garden in sunlight, with warm lemon peel, pineapple, and mango. The body is light-textured and succulent, with exotic tropical fruits and a flare of tart yellow apple at the finish. Fruit (old Wente clone) was whole-cluster pressed and fermented with ambient yeast. The wine was treated to 45 percent new French oak. Ripe but nimble, and a great New World food-wine Chardonnay.
14.2% abv | $60 (sample)