2012 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay
For us, Rued Chardonnay is serious candy for adults; sweet and opulent, but focused and solid at the same time. The extended, friendly growing season of 2012 brought out this essential nature in a combination of wonderful candied citrus and tropical fruit, along with laser like focus and solid acidity. The 2012 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay leads with intoxicating aromas of honeysuckle and a citrus mélange—lemon, lime and tangerine—with creamy overtones and a touch of caramel. The first sip is rich and mouthcoating, yet energized and fresh at the same time. The wine bursts with tropical flavors of mango, guava and the hallmark lychee, along with the crème brulee the nose promised. The finish is especially lengthy with fresh lime, and a kiss of toffee at the very end. We love the wine with rich shellfish like lobster and crab, or almost any dish in a cream sauce. It's hard to keep from sucking this stuff down, but a hallmark of our Rued is that it improves for many years in the bottle (we’re still loving our well stored 2003s). 100 points, Critics Challenge Wine Competition.
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