Roco Winery Gravel Road Chardonnay 2016
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Pale gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by suggestions of fennel and toasted brioche. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated Anjou pear, tangerine and sweet butter flavors that pick up a dusty mineral flourish with air. Densely packed yet lithe in style, delivering solid closing cut and lingering honeysuckle and bitter pear skin notes. 20% new French oak.
This is a tart and tasty effort, matching pear and white peach fruit to brisk acidity. There is a touch of unsalted butter, suggesting at least partial malolactic fermentation, and it leads into a pleasantly creamy finish.
The 2016 Chardonnay Gravel Road opens with warm aromas of dried hay, ripe white peaches, apple tart, toast and spice. Medium-bodied, it has good concentration in the mouth with notions of apple and warm earth, finishing with refreshing juicy acidity. 977 cases produced.
Fresh and crisp, with appealing pear, apple and spice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2020. 741 cases made.