2010 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay
Wonderfully deep and amazingly well-concentrated Chardonnay aromas of ripe apples, tart pears, sweet citrus, rich and lush oak and just about everything else that can fit comfortably into the variety's best aromas burst from the glass here in an unrestrained and incredibly involving rush. Yet, despite the obvious fullness, richness and range, the wine is quite well-balanced at every stop. Admittedly, some will find this wine too big, too stuffed for their preferences, but for those of us who look for wines of this type to accompany our richest white wine dishes, the search has no need to go any further.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay is a gorgeous wine laced with expressive varietal fruit, smoke, butter, minerals and French oak. This is a fairly restrained style, yet all of the elements are in perfect balance. A long, subtle finish rounds things out very nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.
Serves up a complex mix of creamy fig, honeysuckle, anise, baked apple and spice flavors, all while maintaining a tight, upright posture and ending with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Slightly hazy medium yellow (all these wines are bottled without fining or filtration). Exotic, leesy aromas of lemon curd, pineapple, butter, tropical fruits and licorice. Youthfully aggressive on the palate, with a pineapple flavor framed by brisk acidity and complicated by flowers and salty minerality. Finishes with notes of peach nectar and toasted graham cracker.