Newton Chardonnay Napa Valley Unfiltered 2001
Coming across a 2001 example of this wine was a lovely surprise. First off, this wine (from my experience) needs a little breathing/warming up time. Right out of the bottle the aromas seem a bit disjointed but within about 15 minutes, everything seems to come together. The body is quite rich yet there is a crisp acidity to keep things zingy (especially on the finish). The flavor profile and aromas are tricky: citrus, orange, pear, floral, and a tiny caramel note on the palate. In general, the 2001 is drinking exceptionally well.