91 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine
"There’s an earthiness to this chardonnay from Etude’s estate vineyard, an appealing, sweet and spicy chanterelle aroma that builds with air, weaving its way through a textural, almost red-fruited intensity that feels propelled rather than burdened by its ripeness. Hold it until autumn, then decant for roasted Dungeness crab."
-Joshua Greene, WINE & SPIRITS, April 2014
Soft straw in color, the 2011 Carneros Chardonnay begins with delicate floral aromas that are complemented by notes of Meyer lemon zest, kefir lime and nectar- ine, and a hint of citrus blossom. Consistent with the nose, the wine fills the mouth with rich citrus and stone fruit flavors that are enhanced by a bright acidity, inviting minerality and lasting vitality. Thanks to the cool conditions of the 2011 vintage, this wine is supple with an exceptionally balanced structure and lifted fruit core.