2014 MacPhail Chardonnay, Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Road, Russian River Valley

There is a sense of depth to the deep straw color in the glass. Enticing aromas of butter-tinged vanilla, lemon curd, and peach waft from the glass, already knitting together nicely. Wisps of smoke and fennel poke through with a bit more aeration. This is a mouth-filling white, sporting an oily viscosity, yet the juicy acidity keeps it all in a neat balance. The juiciness, and buttery fruit lingers at the end. This is a very refined rendering of Chardonnay, showing a more balanced approach than the usual butter bombs. Utterly delicious.
MSRP: $45 (September 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 93

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