(made from fruit grown in three vineyards: 72% Rita's Crown, 17% Clos Pepe and 11% Zotovich; 18% new oak): Light yellow-gold. Heady, complex scents of poached pear, lemon curd, toasty lees and iodine, with a bright floral quality gaining strength with air. Sappy, penetrating orchard fruit and candied ginger flavors stain the palate, with notes of anise, honey and smoky minerals contributing complexity. Powerful yet lithe chardonnay with superb finishing focus and spicy persistence. I'd bet on this wine as a cellar candidate.