This is the first time that I have had a Chardonnay from the super-cult winery, David Arthur.
Dark straw color. Initial whiffs of what reminds me of acetone were off-putting. It blew off somewhat, but that strange odor persisted. The wine is weighty and complex enough, with toffee, hazelnut, butter, and ripe pear slowly unfolding. It gained a bit of focus with aeration and food.
Still, in a sea of high-priced, great Chardonnays, this one deserves to be at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.
Rating: 80 points