The wine presents fresh aromas of green apple, ripe grapefruit and pineapple followed by nuances of lemon custard, creme brulee, and toasted hazelnuts. Flavors of candied ginger and lemon curd are accentuated by warm baking spices. The rich and tangy flavors are balanced by creamy, vanilla notes and the finish is long and balanced.
92 Points ~ Wine Spectator ”Bold and opulent, yet balanced with a core of crisp and minerally fruit. Aromas of lemon tart and almond brioche open to rich flavors of apple, cinnamon and candied ginger.”
(86% Chardonnay/14% Pinot Noir). The 2005 vintage is a blend of more than 90 cool climate vineyard sources – 40% was aged in barrel, some in stainless steel and the remainder allowed to undergo full malolactic. The wine aged in bottle, sur lie in the estate’s caves for six years.