One of the beauties of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards wines are that everything they do is done on site. Everything is estate grown, handpicked, sorted, bottled, and labeled on the property. This Chardonnay is tight and mineral driven with length and complexity. 95% of this wine spends 9 months in French Oak Barrels 29% of which are new. The nose has prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavors are focused on natural acid and long dry minerality. It might be an elegant wine but it still has a wonderfully textured mouthfeel making it an intense wine with a strong personality.