The 2011 Estate Chardonnay possesses all the charm of a classic Russian River Chardonnay. A portion was cold fermented in stainless steel, and then blended with a selection of lots fermented in French oak barrels. This wine undergoes secondary fermentation, but retains a tropical profile.
The upfront bouquet is wildly tropical, highlighted by pineapple and pear aromas over a background of subtle oak notes that become more apparent as the wine opens. Flavors of kiwi give way to impressions of honey and cut straw. The finish tails with the lightest touch of French oak.