The Gravel Bench Chardonnay showcases the elevation and rocky soils of the sloping East/Southeast exposure, which provides the requisite ripeness; and lo and behold - this wine expresses the warmth of a gravel bench alongside the attitude of altitude.
"As hard as it is to believe, the 2008 Chardonnay Gravel Bench is even better. A prodigious effort, it tastes like liquid rocks intermixed with tropical fruits, shortbread, subtle butterscotch, caramelized oranges, and candied apples. This beautifully textured, stunningly pure, loaded, long Chardonnay can be enjoyed over the next 6-10 years. "
The Wine Advocate
"Pale yellow-straw. Highly complex, Burgundian aromas of apple, peach, flowers, minerals and musky spices. Tightly wound, dry and vibrant, with mineral and crushed stone flavors dominating the palate. Wonderfully delicate and delineated wine with a very long, adamantly dry finish throwing off notes of mint, spearmint oil and resins. I'd love to throw this into a tasting of top white Burgundies."
International Wine Cellar
"Quite oaky, with vanilla and caramelized meringue notes dominating, but underneath is a dry, crisp Chardonnay of enormous size. It’s minerally, with a rich vein of pineapples and mangoes. Decant for a while, and don’t serve too cold. "