2010 Errazuriz "Wild Ferment" Casablanca Valley Chardonnay
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light yellow-gold. Ripe pear, nectarine and orange on the fragrant spice- and smoke-accented nose. Picks up an exotic iodine quality and a sneaky licorice nuance with air to go with its potent orchard and citrus fruit flavors. Finishes sappy and very long, with firm grip and lingering smokiness. One-third of this wine went through malo and 10% of the barrels were new.
Forward on the nose, with oily, toasty, resiny citrus aromas. The palate is full and solid in structure, with sweet, creamy flavors of pear, vanilla and dry barrel-driven spice. Shows tropicality on the finish as well as additional woody sweetness.
Rounded but persistent, with dried pineapple and mango notes giving way to light butter and heather hints on the medium-weight finish.