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Wolffer Estate 2017 "Perle" Chardonnay
Winemaker Roman Roth's premium chardonnay "Perle" is the rare barrel-fermented example that I like just about every vintage – and this 2017 is no exception. It spent eight months on the lees and is made from Dijon clone chardonnay planted in 1993 and 1994.
Aromas of fresh-cut pear and almond cookie are accented by high-toned florals and a faint yeasty lees note.
The palate is broad, with nice fruit concentration, but also focused. Ripe, juicy pear flavors are joined by notes of vanilla and almond paste. The oak footprint is deftly integrated here and a nice bit of fresh acidity keeps everything tight and in line. This is a classic.