|A clear, medium, yellow-colored wine with moderate aromas of ripe apple, citrus, orange blossom and peach with hints of minerals, toast and almond. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth and creamy with well-balanced acidity and a small hint of heat on the lengthy finish. The flavors were fairly intense with apple, yeast, peach, chalk, sweet spice and almond. This is a pretty weighty, alcoholic Chardonnay (15.2%) considering it comes from a higher elevation vineyard in Sonoma (1,700 feet), however, it's the vines age (they were planted in 1990) and the vintage's moderate growing season that keep any flabby, overripness in check. In fact, it's quite elegant in its own way. I don't normally care for the most expensive wines when tasted blind but this one was one of my favorites of the evening. It had an intensity and purity of fruit that most of the others lacked, even while clearly showing oak influence. (The wine was barrel-aged sur lies for 12 months.) I could actually see myself enjoying a whole glass of this, as long as I didn't have to pay for it myself. This wine has a long way to go. I would sit on it a few years so it can fully integrate.