Amapola Creek Chardonnay Jos. Belli Vineyards 2015
First, take a moment to appreciate the color of this wine, a pale beautiful gold with just the barest hint of green. On the nose, the first thing you will find is a round aroma of pears and honey, layered together with a light note of custard. Swirl the glass, and you will begin to find a bit of flint, along with a deeper aroma of ripe peach. On the palate the first thing that will strike you is the mouthfeel, which is decadently silky and full. The first flavors to appear are tropical, juicy mango chasing bright pineapple. Take another sip, and you will start to uncover the mineral backbone of the wine, a crisp acidity accompanied by a delicious note of apricot jam. The finish is long and toasty, with a bit of ripe pear and a delicate impression of roasted hazelnuts. This wine was fermented in French oak barrels and then aged in barrel for 11 months, where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The 2015 Jos. Belli Chardonnay is completely accessible now, but if stored properly, it will continue to develop for at least the next decade.