Proof-wise, this expression sits in the middle at 97.9 proof. Let me start by saying I’m not the biggest Chardonnay fan, but I find the expression interesting. Buttery caramel and orchard fruit meet a slightly mineral note on the nose. The fruit character here is more rounded. Taste-wise, this is a nice balance of caramel, spice, and baked apples. There’s a slightly buttery or oily character on the mouthfeel that coats the palate. A bit of toasted oak leads into the finish, which features lingering notes of buttery toffee and stewed apricot. Again, it’s pleasant and interesting, but again… I’m not a Chardonnay drinker.