2013 Hatton Daniels Chardonnay
The 2013 Chardonnay is fairly dark in color, verging on pale gold, due to its extended time in neutral oak barrels. The nose is dominated by herbal, floral, and soil notes, with hints of lemon rind and other citrus barely perceptible. The most notable character on the palate is an incredible minerality or salinity, but there is fruit there too, with kiwi, melon, and white currant. There is a little bit of chardonnay's signature roundness on the finish, but the wine overall is bright and bracing, with a slightly phenolic tinge to the mid-palate.