Chardonnays that spend 14 months in 100 percent new French oak have an audience, and one panel member couldn’t wait to take this opened bottle home. Juan Muñoz Oca made the call Oct. 14 to pick this lot near the winery in Paterson, Wash., ultimately had it hand-stirred for weekly until it went into bottle. There’s no age showing at this point as it opens with tropical aromas of lychee, banana, lime zest and dusty pear. On the palate, it’s lemony and nutty with a hint of creaminess, finished with Granny Smith apple, Asian pear and melon. With just a touch of sweetness, this also would be delicious on a warm day with Alaskan King crab.
Production: 200 cases