DAOU 2012 Reserve Chardonay
Did you say sweet banana? No joke. I literally said, “What?” Aloud and folks looked at me like I was crazy. Not what I was expecting at all. Great banana notes with a hint of apple and citrus. That fruit structure fills your nose. Sweet on the palate and again I was amazed that it continued through the palate but not over an over bearing sweet. It is very balanced. Acid is playful but has been given instructions to behave on this textured canvas. The finish is delicate but long lasting. I definitely enjoyed the ride. Great expression in this wine but the price point is tough.
(K&S Rating: 4 of 6)
Winemaker Notes: “The nose is treated to the scents of bruised red apples with tropical notes of dried banana and grilled pineapples. When tasted, there is a soft but rich texture that coats the mouth. The seamless texture maintains its balance with the wine’s vibrant acidity. Flavors are driven by an orchard of red apple flavors while the notes of ground clovers and nutmeg create complexity. The long lasting intricate finish displays the wine’s exposure to daily battonage.”