Now this is the way Chardonnay is supposed to taste. Opening with spice, tangerine and tropical notes, the palate follows with luscious pear, orange peel and a bit of caramel. This “Editors’ Choice” from Wine Enthusiast is an easy choice to make for any lover of a classic, California Chardonnay. Undeniably delicious, it coats the palate while maintaining its freshness from the first to the final sip.
Jayson Pahlmeyer's mission from the outset has been clear: “industrial strength wines.” His megawatt personality is reflected in his wines, which regularly push the ripeness envelope. An absolute contrarian to the traditional “wine as a meal complement” philosophy, Jayson wants wines that are a meal unto themselves. The critics have noted his success with Robert Parker commenting “Things just seem to get better and better at Pahlmeyer, a long-standing, brilliant, remarkably consistent source for one of Napa's finest Merlots, Chardonnays, and Pinot Noirs.” There’s no question that these are wines that are built for maximum palate impact, but there’s substance behind the flash. While the grapes are picked ultra-ripe, they’re not out of balance. With Bibiana González Rave at the winemaking helm, the wines have never been better, and the Wayfarer project in Fort Ross is on the brink of becoming a new icon.
A thick oak-influenced white wine. with weight and breadth across the palate, this is undeniably delicious and in full possession of its richness and concentration. The layered flavors of stone fruit, pear and nutmeg are lifted by focused acidity that cannot be denied.