2009 Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard

Publication
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Author
Antonio Galloni
Date
February 29, 2012
Award
91 ponts
Review

The 2009 Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard shows an extra dimension of focus and cut that is missing from the Freestone bottling in this vintage. This finely sculpted, chiseled Chardonnay is all about nuance and delineation. The essence of crushed rocks and slate inform the vibrant finish. 

Publication
The Wine Enthusiast
Author
Steve Heimoff
Date
December 31, 2011
Award
92 Points
Review

The challenge with a Chardonnay this big is to wrestle the power into  submissive balance. As it is, the wine is overwhelming in buttery new oak and awesomely ripe pineapple and  apricot fruit. It’s almost undrinkable now. However, there’s a brisk streak of acidity, and It’s totally dry, with a stony minerality, like a lick of steel. Try cellaring for 3–4 years.