International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168
(half aged in 50% new 500-liter oak puncheons, the other half in 35% new barriques): Bright yellow. Sappy aromas of peach, fresh apricot, tangerine and honey. Sappy, juicy and dry, offering considerable early appeal to its savory flavors of citrus and stone fruits and spices. Not a particularly fleshy wine but finishes with tactile minerality and a suggestion of exotic fruits. The alcohol is a reasonable 13.5%.
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Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2011 Chardonnay Estate Freestone Vineyard is bright, focused and highly articulate. Lemon, crushed rocks, pastry and white flowers take shape in a layered, vibrant Chardonnay that impresses for its intensity and persistence. The 2011 Freestone is shaping up to be a winner. It is impeccably polished for such a young wine. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.
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