Gustavo Thrace Winery Chardonnay Carneros 2005
Of all the styles a winemaker can choose from to produce a Chardonnay, we feel that this is the classic. The fruit was picked cold, whole cluster pressed, settled and racked and then just left alone to mature. 75% was aged in stainless steel and 25% was aged in new French oak. Upon opening the bottle it bursts with aromas caramel, vanilla and hazelnuts. As you allow it to open up, new layers of tropical fruit and citrus are revealed. When you walk through the vineyard and pop these grapes into your mouth as your are sugar sampling all these flavors are there and it is a delight to still find them in the wine. There was no malo-lactic fermentation done so the wine retains a high acidity and crispness that will allow it to age beautifully for the next 5-6 years. Only 250 cases made
Aromas of vanilla and hazelnuts. Layers of tropical fruit and citrus follow. High acidity and crispness. The oak adds a nice toasty edge, but it remains well balanced. - Tasted at Oxbow tasting room 4/22/10
This was the wine of the trip for me. Beautiful classic Chardonnay. No ML, but it is aged in bottle to the point it has mellowed with the buttery texture that I love so much in aged Chardonnay. Just a touch of new oak gives it all those spicy characteristics, but the fruit really comes through. Lovely.
External Reviews for Gustavo Thrace Winery Chardonnay Carneros
There is a beautifully integrated oak finish to the wine, with flavors of vanilla, pears, pineapple and a brioche toastiness. It has a rich, full mouth that finishes with caramel and citrus. The sexy, lingering mouth will make you want more. This is incredible with salmon yet big enough for veal and pork dishes as well.