First Aromas of cedar and cherry, followed by the promise of earthiness. Later, candied florals emerge. Deep plum red color with an undertone of brown bears out the promise: this is European-style in flavor and acidity, but New World in its apparent low tannins and mild finish.
The day I followed Highway 299’s winding curves into the tiny town of Willow Creek, the leaves on the maples, oaks, dogwoods and buckeyes along the route had turned a deep yellow and crimson; colors that matched the late fall foliage on David Winnett’s grape vines.
Give this wine some time to open. It starts one-dimensional, but as it opens it offers more Pommard than Russian River, deeply bruised plum and black cherries, earthy mushrooms still dirty with rich loam, all b...
This delightful Chard opened with rich aromas and flavors of apple and burnt butter, balanced with tart lemon grass. It undergoes 60% malolactic fermentation and spends 16 months in neutral barrels. Enjoy this rich, tart, wonderfully balanced Chardonnay with cornish game hen.