An elegant vintage produced an elegant Chardonnay, with graceful aromas of orchard fruit— apples, white peach, persimmon, along with a floral touch resembling jasmine. On the palate there’s a taut balance between indulgent citrus/stone fruits, florals, almond shell, and the suggestive allure of creaminess. There is perhaps less evident oak-notes than the 2017, but I think the vibrancy inherent to this vintage integrated with the barrel a bit better this year. The finish lingers with a soft hint of a smoky, stony nuance, probably from the Bacigalupi component. Don’t overchill, this has lots going on.