Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2008
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Chalk Hill|
Barrel fermentation in new and seasoned French oak added toasty vanilla and spice complexities, and during 8 months of barrel ageing, we regularly stirred the "lees" in barrel, which gives a certain fullness and creamy texture on the palate. Encouraging malolactic fermentation added additional character, and in the glass the wine is both creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral, and toasty oak flavors.
Classy Chardonnay. Shows ripe, savory pineapple, Meyer lemon, lime and mineral flavors, brightened with crisp acidity and enriched with a touch of sweet oak. As rich as it is, it feels elegant and refined in the mouth.
Clean and vibrant, fresh and snappy, with ripe pear, floral and green apple notes that are refreshing.