2009 Chardonnay Cuvée Natalie Reserve Estate - $45/Bottle
Consistent weather in the summer and fall of 2009 made for a long harvest and ultimately produced very concentrated grapes. These growing conditions, paired with our barrel-fermentation and sur lie aging techniques, resulted in a wine which is soft on the tongue, but possesses bold flavors and creamy textures. On the nose, aromas of honeysuckle, melon and apricot mingle with a richness of shortbread, which is a classic characteristic of this wine. Upon successive revisits, hints of nuttiness plus baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg appear. With first tastes, the tongue reveals a crisp minerally texture bearing citrus and grass notes. However with decanting, butterscotch, lemon curd and stone fruit flavors develop. This newest vintage of Cuvée Natalie is slightly withdrawn and subtle at first. But, with even a few additional months of bottle-aging, the rich textures and flavors which earned our Estate Reserve Chardonnay its nickname of "Crème Brûlée in a glass" will quickly become evident.
- Item #: 09CHCNRES