I don't think I can remember a Chardonnay made at Forman, there are 28 of them, that didn't start out with the pretty yellow-light green hue that this 2011 pocesses. That in itself says something for the consistency of this vineyard and what is done in the winery with these lovely grapes. One of the things I like most about what happens during the process of bringing fresh grape juice to finished wine with this fruit is its subtlety of expression; it never overwhelms, it just politely pleases without interfering with the food it might be enjoyed with. So there we are! The 2011 Forman Vineyard Chardonnay is another in the lineage which clearly states its heritage, it is unmistakably Forman.
I love the fresh fruit opening without over-ripeness or obvious woodiness of this wine; it's just nicely ripe Chardonnay. Sur lees aging in older barrels gives it a touch of richness and complexity to the aromas. One also has to love the flavors. Very zesty freshness beautifully frames the fruitiness. This is a classic Forman Chardonnay. It's a baby now and has so many years to develop, too bad there is so little produced.
Wine AdvocateForman's 2011 Chardonnay is very pretty. Lemon, pastry, white flowers and spices come together nicely as this vivid wine shows off its considerable personality. The 2011 still needs time to fully harmonize in bottle. Today, it lacks some of the energy of the 2010, but nevertheless stands out for its textural purity and class. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025.
Wine SpectatorDelicate and lively, with citrus, white peach and subtle honeydew melon notes, shaded by light oak. Should gain weight over the next year. Drink now through 2018. 1,100 cases made.
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