This Chardonnay exhibits ripe melon, mineral/limestone and lime/citrus in the nose. The sip presents a wine with restraint, though there is citrus marmalade and toffee. The Alexander Valley Vineyards Chardonnay is bright, complex and beautifully balanced.
Says Harry (Hank) Wetzel, III managing partner in the winery, “The Chardonnay is produced in a lean Burgundy style, there’s oak but it is not too oaky.” There is precise restraint by way of some stainless steel mixed into the oak barrel equation. A yeast complexity is apparent. In the past, some reviewed their Chardonnay as being fruity and less than complex. Things have changed for the better.
Try this wine with sushi, or maybe salmon tartar. With no food whatsoever, this wine is magnificent.