The Chardonnay consistently delivers a soft, rich mouthfeel with vibrant acidity and amazing minerality. Scents of pear give way to sea shells, flavors of warm tree nuts evolve toward crisp nectarines. Some tropical notes are enveloped by mandarin andhints of fresh fennel bulb. The mid-palate is generous but the finishis fresh and enticing.
The 2013 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is a smoking white from the Santa Maria Valley that was brought up in 15% new 400-liter French oak barrels. Full, bodied, rich and beautifully textured, with lots of buttered apple, melon, spice and creamy notes, it stays crisp and clean on the finish.