2015 Chateau St. Jean Single Vineyard Robert Young Vineyard Alexander Valley Chardonnay

14.5% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.63, $35. Vineyard is planted to the Robert Young clone, a selection derived from original plantings of the Wente clone and certified in 1989. Barrel fermented and aged on the lees 15 months in French oak barrels, 17% new, then given extended bottle age before release. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Sexy nose of lemon oil, pineapple and pear perfume. Discreetly rich in character, with tantalizing flavors of lemon, baked pear, spice and toast. A thread of oak holds court through the finish that shows a bit of alcoholic heat. Score: 92. Reviewed March 17, 2018

Winery: Chateau St. Jean Winery & Vineyards
From article: Recently Tasted California Chardonnay