Pyramid Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Canterbury Lion's Tooth 2009
One ton/acre yield from this steeply inclined, east facing, biodynamically farmed home block. Deep, brilliant straw gold. Emergent aromas of sliced pear, hot stone, hawthorn (blossom), and alyssum. Immediately dense and powerful, rich but stern; something nearly solid about this wine. An intense kind of inwardness, the wine folding in upon itself, condensing to an astonishing saline core. Enormous force and length, with alternating assertions of golden flavor - ripe pear, toast, flower honey, nuts - and chalk-hard structure. Only 50 cases produced.
Editorial Reviews for Pyramid Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Canterbury Lion's Tooth
Very clean on the nose with a touch of reduction covering a bit of the fruit and leaving clean wood tones, mineral earth, some apple fruit and an intriguing hint of mint. On the palate this is round and well balanced with a lovely integration of wood. The wine feels very fresh and supremely tense with bright acids, and a lovely interplay of mineral and fruit on the palate, and superb persistence to the lemon and pear fruit, though the palate is also marred by light reductive tones at this time. This needs more air than I was able to give it but has the making of something pretty terrific. 92pts