Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2006 Roessler Chardonnay “Clos Pepe Vineyard” Santa Rita Hills (California).
This is a very classy and elegant style Chardonnay that is crisp and clean, very much like a Premier Cru Chablis with mineral and fresh citrus along with the succulent pear and green apple fruit on the palate. The nose has lemon curd and vanilla as well as some lime flower with a lean palate of pear and white peach fruit before a finish of bread dough, toast and hints of cream and vanilla. There is some Burgundy like layers and touches of hazelnut that give this Chardonnay added interest and I think it still will fill out with some more bottle age. This wine will be overlooked or shunned even by the Rombauer set, but it is a pure and focused wine that has lots going for it, don’t miss out on this gem if you see it at your local wine merchant or restaurant! ($36-42 Est.) 91-92 Points, grapelive