- 92/100 [Vintage 2017] by Edward Ragg, MW from Robert Parker Wine Advocate
deep lemon, almost gold, appearance. On the nose, this has developed well: there is still a core of rich Chardonnay fruit (lemon zest, red apple, peach) combined with toasted oak and some tertiary honey and hazelnut, all of which are well integrated with each other. The 2017 Reserve Chardonnay is full-bodied on the palate with that rich core of fruit, buoyed by some lively acidity and with fairly well-integrated high alcohol. There is also considerable creaminess from the lees on the palate. The touch of diacetyl (butterscotch) does not overwhelm the rest of the flavors here. However, this wine is undeniably fully mature and should be drunk up. I’d like to see the younger vintages of these wines (having tasted 2018 last year). Let’s see what more recent vintages hold.