2014 Yates Conwill Vineyard Chardonnay
Shimmering hue of fossilized amber without any prehistoric insects to be seen. Aromas ranging from marzipan to mushroom to a freshly torn kumquat rind with a bit of machete hacked chunks of pineapple in the background. Entry is lush and large with an enveloping mouth showing even more flavors of pear and apple with a dusting of cinnamon. With warmth more complex agents emerge with orange pith and lemon meringue pie cleansed with an ice cold Canada Dry Tonic Water. Wait a moment and orange oil blended with light caramel sauce over a toasted piece of pound cake show up. Well worth the wait.
After having the wine opened for a few hours you can experience Marcona Almonds along with a “low-tied” component like fresh Uni. A damned rich and savory wine at this point. The finish, even at this five hour point is all light and refreshing as the acidity cleanses the palate for the next bite.
A few of the dinner attendees who purchase an inordinate quantity of this Chardonnay have told me that the wine really needs to be left open for a week to fully appreciate what is in there, a sign that this wine might too last longer than most Chardonnays. Pretty impressive.