Matanzas Creek Winery Chardonnay Sonoma County 2005
Tasting Notes :A top offering, the 2005 Chardonnay is a 23,500-case wine that enjoyed 95% malolactic fermentation as well as eight months in French oak (only 32% new). Smoke, lemon oil, white currant, white peach, hazelnut, and orange rind aromas jump from the glass of this 2005. It displays terrific fruit and purity, but little evidence of wood.
Nice light straw color. Nose of pears with a floral component. Flavors of pear, citrus adding a bit of zing, and a touch of oak, but definitely no "Oak Monster". A tad sweet on the finish, with some of the floral component returning. Tasty, but unremarkable. 88 points.
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