Grapelive: Wine of the Week

alfarochard07.jpg2007 Alfaro Family Vineyards Chardonnay Lindsay-Page Vineyard, Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains.
This wine is fast becoming a cult hit, and yet again proves to be one of the best Chardonnays in the state, following the remarkable 2006; this vintage shows even more elegance and focus! I loved the last vintage and thought I was going to be let down, but I am happy to report that this wine is even more balanced and pure, and gives all the complexities and depth I had come to enjoy and praise. The youth still shows and there is a lot more to come from this Chardonnay, but all the pieces are falling into place nicely all ready. Look for the body to fill out in a year in bottle, though it is really good now with beautiful layers of fruit and lifting acidity. The wine starts with white flowers, orange blossoms, lemon custard and green apples, leading into a creamy palate of clear butter, pear, tangerine, kiwi and sweet fig. There is a hint of clove, Hazelnut, smoke and a lovely mineral essence in the background, finishing full and with a whiff of spicy vanilla and perfectly framing French oak. This wine feels as pretty and classy as any premier cru Burgundy, and should get even better in the coming months and years!
($ 25 Est.) 93-94 Points, grapelive

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ALFARO FAMILY VINEYARDS

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