Pale gold. Pungent, mineral- and spice-accented orange pith, poached pear and fennel scents, with a hint of smokiness. Shows impressive density and chewy texture, with sappy citrus and orchard fruit flavors that are lifted by juicy acidity. Pretty serious chardonnay, with no easy sweetness and excellent depth of flavor. Closes with powerful thrust, firm mineral cut and lingering ginger and anise notes.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: May/June 2013
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
Very Chablis-like, with a minerally, stony character is the light greenish/gold-colored 2011 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate (formerly known as Walker Station). Dry, crisp and stony, with white currant, citrus oil and apple blossom characteristics, this medium-bodied beauty can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.