Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2017
|United States, Washington
The 2017 Chardonnay Roza Hills comes from more chalk soils and 50-year-old Wente clones and was brought up in a mix of concrete and French oak. This is another rich, powerful effort with bright lemon and citrus fruits, lots of chalky minerality, a layered, medium-bodied texture, and stunning purity and length on the finish. It blossoms with air and is going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade or more.
Beginning with a generous amount of oak on the nose, the 2017 Chardonnay Roza Hills Vineyard offers aromas of roasted pineapple, baked pears, lemon curd and elegant French baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is suddenly spicy across the mid-palate and ends with a lingering finish that accentuates the alcohol.
Plump and polished, with floral pear and apricot flavors that build richness and structure toward a spicy finish. Drink now through 2022. 358 cases made.
Bright medium yellow. Explosive scents of pineapple and candied apple. The richest of these Chardonnays on the palate, conveying a fatter, riper, higher-pH mouthfeel and an umami texture without coming off as salty. If the Moxee is Côte de Beaune-like, this mouthfilling wine is more Pouilly-Fuissé in texture. In fact, it will probably be prized by fans of California Chardonnay. Finishes broad and long. (from Wente vines on chalky soil planted at 1,300+ feet in 1975)