WA 91 Pts - According to Robert Parker - The 2012 Chardonnay Grand Reserve (200,000 cases produced) is composed of Monterey and Santa Barbara fruit that spent nine months in largely French oak as well as smaller quantities of American wood. One-third is new, and this cuvee is put through full malolactic fermentation as opposed to the other Chardonnays where it is generally partially or completely blocked. Copious quantities of tropical fruits, pineapples, mangoes, apricot marmalade and honeyed citrus are found in this clean white that finishes with good acidity and a distant minerality. It was the only Chardonnay in this tasting that revealed a touch of oak. Consume it over the next 2-3 years.
According to Antonio Galloni - An inviting, textured wine, the 2012 Chardonnay Grand Reserve is laced with butter, smoke, slate, yellow stone fruits and a hint of oak. The soft, open finish suggests the Grand Reserve is best enjoyed over the next few years.
Tasting Notes - Lush tropical fruit intertwines with lemon,lime and floral notes. Elegantly layered, this wine exhibits a rich texture and firm backbone with a hint of vanilla and spice to round out the long finish.13.5% ABV. Rated 90+
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