Tasting Notes ~
Intense aroma that is filled with notes of preserved lemon, baked apple, and hints of honeysuckle. Toasted almond and vanilla add dimension. On the palate, lemon cream, toasted brioche, and butterscotch leave a long and lingering finish. The mouthfeel is rich and full bodied yet is balanced with acidity and freshness.
The 2017 Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard is quite a bit richer than the Bien Nacido Chardonnay tasted alongside it, but at the same time, it also has more energy, tension and overall volume. Tropical notes, white flowers, lemon confit, hazelnut, sage and mineral notes meld together in a potent, phenolic Chardonnay endowed with tremendous personality. The combination of bold, ripe fruit and vibrant structure is compelling.