The 2009 Chardonnay Unfiltered flows from the glass with melon, apricots, acacia and subtle French oak. It is a pretty, mid-weight, understated wine to drink now and over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.
The 2009 vintage opens with honey suckle on the nose, with the richness of a sauterne. Fruit aromas of fig and melon are followed by more complex notes of honey and brown sugar. Baking spices with hints of vanilla and almond follow as caramelized sugar notes add to the voluptuous depth of aromas. On the palate, grilled pineapple flavors offer fresh acidity while creaminess is balanced. Cream and brioche linger while the freshness of fruit remains forward. The wine is a satisfying weight with present oak that is delicately integrated. This complex wine would pair well with Dungeness Crab with sweet corn chowder, mushroom risotto with fresh parmesan, and lobster in cream sauce over noodles.