Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay, California, USA, 2010
Varietal chardonnay, barrel fermented, undergoes MLF and is then aged on the lees for an undisclosed period, with lees stirring, before bottling unfiltered. Screw cap closure, 13.5% abv, £19, Oakham Wines.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas of butter and toasty oak, stewed dessert apple, a hint of warm tropical fruit – pawpaw, and honey.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium acidity, no tannin, medium (+) alcohol, full-bodied, with a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of vanilla and oak, unripe apricot, over-ripe dessert apple, ripe pear and a bit of ripe grapefruit. A medium (+) length with a clean creamy finish with a slight gummy grip.
Quality – a wine of good quality, with balanced acidity and alcohol, though the acidity is a little light for the intensity of the MLF/barrel fermented style of winemaking. Moderately complex with a good concentration of buttery and toasty oak flavours, with ripe orchard fruit following. Ready to drink now, with enough acidity to support evolution in bottle for another 2-3 years.