St. Innocent Freedom Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
The 2012 Freedom Hill Chardonnay has a detailed and focused nose of apples and pears with spice and ripe citrus notes. Fresh stone fruit flavors are balanced by bright acidity and layers of stoniness - both river stones and the "stone" of a peach. These flavors extend across the palate and the minerality broadens into the finish. The combination of layered fruit, length, and complex undercurrent of minerality makes it a good match for richer white meat dishes. Match with rich fishes, wild birds, risottos and cheeses. Drinkable at release, it will develop over 8 years.
Wine SpectatorCrisp and tangy, with a raw edge to the lemon and smoky pear flavors, lingering easily. Needs time to come together.