On the nose, the wine expresses notes of star jasmine and citrus, giving way to flavors that tempt the palate with a pleasing panoply of lemon candy, grapefruit zest, tropical fruit, and (wait for it…), a suggestion of bananas foster and crème brulée. Aged 17-months in 30% new French oak, the wine demonstrates a pleasingly light acidity to provide a refreshing counterpoint that balances the wine from start-to-finish. Teasingly inviting but refined in a way that memorable white burgundies can often be, the wine conjures up the dulcet tones of Fleetwood Mac's sultry singer-songwriter, Christine McVie, who in her memorable hit, "You Make Loving Fun" compelled many of us who "never did believe in the ways of magic" to "…begin to wonder why."
Fermented in barrel with partial malolactic and aged in 50% new oak, the 2017 Chardonnay Napa Valley opens with toasty/cedary notions over a core of warm peaches, spiced pears and Golden Delicious apples with hints of fresh hay, cashews and fresh ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate has lovely freshness and vivacity with an understated restraint in the mid-palate and a lovely nuttiness to the finish. 570 cases produced.