Rivers-Marie B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
This is more green/gold than the pure gold complexion of the 2013. We always feel this is a good indicator of preserved potential in Chardonnay. This edition doesn't have the initial palate impact of the 2013 but the trade off here is more cut and delineation of both flavors and aromatics. Nothing here is muddled and the palate builds from the front to a swelling of citrus and mineral notes in the back. This wine also has that weight minus heaviness that we mentioned last year. It begs for an additional taste but those tastes don't tire the palate. The finish might be the most interesting element of the wine where the fruit moves into a stone fruit area framed by all the racy acidity of the vintage.