Parallel Russian River Chardonnay 2012
Parallel wines are made at Caldwell Vineyard. Although Parallel is all about cabernet sauvignon, they cannot pass up a great chardonnay to complement the day. Not your typical chard, this is blessed with great acidity and very well-integrated oak. Elegant with a long finish. Fruit comes from a highly pedigreed vineyard. You will certainly want a second glass!
The 2012 Russian River Chardonnay opens on the nose with bright aromas of vanilla, lemon peel, and coconut, laced with hints of sweet oak. Upon closer inspection exotic notes of cumquats begin to evolve. The palate begins with a touch of soft acid and well-integrated, blond-oak tannin leading to full body that is well textured and creamy as a result of the traditional sur-lees technique used to make this wine. In retrospect the wine's finish is elegant and long, adorned with flavors of creme brulee, mandarin oranges, and subtle oak hints. A well-balanced and harmonious wine to say the least.