2009 Morlet "Ma Douce" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Chardonnay Ma Douce blossoms in the glass with hints of tangerine, freshly cut flowers, mint, pistachio and apricot. The 2009 is texturally quite beautiful. A rich, creamy finish rounds things out nicely. This is the freshest and most vibrant of the Chardonnays. I very much like the energy here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017.
Creamy-textured, with ripe fig, honeydew melon, light toasty oak, peach and floral scents. Medium-bodied, elegant and delicate, ending with a pretty peach and nectarine edge. Drink now through 2016. 350 cases made.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Sexy aromas of crystallized lemon peel, iodine and vanillin, coconutty oak. Lush, fat and seamless, with compelling sweetness but also a firming mineral edge to the apricot fruit. The iodiney quality recurs on the back end, giving the broad finish a distinctly savory quality. For all its impression of sweet fruit, this wine is bone-dry.
St. Helena-based Luc & Jodie Morlet produce a variety of wines with whimsical, French names but they are not fooling around with their geographically savvy choice of appellation-to-varietal match-up: Cabernet Sauvignon in Oakville, Syrah from Bennett Valley, and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast.