Grgich Hills Estate Napa Valley 2011 Chardonnay, $40.69-$49.99 (NHLS gift card applied), 93 points, appeared as a burnished brass color with a bronze tint.
Apples, cantaloupe, tomato juice, and flowers on the nose were good.
Medium to almost medium-plus bodied, soft, though crisp, yet substantial, clean, complex and bright, no over-the-top caramel, vanilla, butter, or alcohol here (13.5%).
Those that know me know that I prefer Sauvignon Blanc over Chardonnay, but if more Chardonnays tasted this good that could change; the queen of white wines just might take back her throne.
There is a touch of vanilla, but just a touch, and there's apple, peach, wet stone, a floral component, and mystery melon.
Finished long on the trailing palate with just a touch of ginger and vanilla.
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