Tinhorn Creek 2017 Chardonnay 750ml
Toasted oak, rich and ripe red apple and vanilla dominate this Black Sage Bench chardonnay, the richest from Tinhorn in recent memory and perhaps reflective of the warm 2015 vintage. Partial whole cluster, partial stainless ferment, partial French and American oak ferment, partial wild yeast all adds up to a disjointed, clumsy and warm wine at this youthful stage. A promising lemon peel zing persists throughout, though I'm hoping for less working, and more freshness, in the future.
-Treve Ring, Nov 2016