California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Valley
Today’s 2009 Parmelee-Hill Chardonnay is extraordinary! And very highly recommended.
You could spend up to $130 for a Chardonnay made from the same grapes as today’s stunning wine. Kistler Vineyards’ vineyard designate Parmalee-Hill Chardonnay is wonderful, yes, but at a fraction of the Kistler price, today’s wine is an obvious value.
Unfortunately, Parmalee-Hill made just 185 cases of today’s stunning Chardonnay. The wine, made for lovers of a more hearty style of Chardonnay, is a true delight for all of the senses. On the nose, the wine presents a big California style that is all vibrant fruit and minerals.
On the palate, the wine is rich and bold with bright, vibrant fruit. Very food-friendly, we’d also serve this wine as an exceptional cocktail wine to enjoy without food.
Pair with a grilled brie sandwitch, salmon with a rich cream sauce. Chicken Picatta would also be a delicious companion to this very delicious wine.
Dense and thick-looking with liquid golden hues, concentrated from core to edge. As the wine catches the light it glints with golden yellow highlights. After a good swirl, thick legs move slowly down the glass.
Warm and lush with baked apple pie, caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, lemon curd, and grapefruit peel. Big oak, but still very fresh and inviting. Deep inside, a toasted cedar aroma emerges. As the wine warms, it also reveals a light honeysuckle aroma.
Tart and vibrant with bright favors of ripe apricot, citrus zest, and hazelnut. As the wine opens, flavors of lemon/orange citrus sherbert, under ripe yellow pear, toasty oak, red toffee apple, and butterscotch emerge.
Long and vibrant with sustained fruit. As the fruit begins to fade the palate is left with baked apple and clove.