The 2010 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay is a well balanced and integrated white wine from California. On the nose there are notes of fresh citrus and baked pears with hints of buttered toast and flowers. On the palate, a velvety texture and balanced acidity are supported by flavors of golden apple and honeysuckle which remain focused through the lengthy finish.
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 90
"Light, bright gold. Perfumed, mineral-accented scents of fresh pear, citrus fruits, iodine and smoky minerals. Dry and taut on entry, then fleshier in the mid-palate, offering powerful orchard fruit flavors with suggestions of honeysuckle and chamomile. Closes with very good energy and cut, leaving a bitter lemon pith note behind."