This is not your shy and retiring Chardonnay. Rich toasty notes, struck match and smoky bacon characters combine with ripe peach-like flavors. Although it is midweight in style, it’s a real mouthful of barrel-fermented Chardonnay, giving a firm, almost chewy impression, albeit in an appetizing way. This needs a couple of years in bottle to shed its oaky shackles.
Score: 92 points -- Rebecca Gibb, Vinous, 2020